Toddlers-

United States
July 16, 2008 1:49pm CST
I'd almost forgot how much fun it was trying to raise a toddler. I'm having a heck of a day with mine today. Anytime I turn my back he's into somthing. He's been upstairs about 10 times already. He's not allowed up there, and of course can't get himself back down, but for some reason he just loves to go up and there find something to get into. I can't put a baby gate on the bottom of the stairs either due to the moulding... If he's not going upstairs then he's letting himself outside. I just brought him in for the third time, now he's throwing a temper tantrum! ugh! I'm trying to get some cooking done so I can go visit my husband at work, but this little guy isn't making it easy on me. Okay, guess I just wanted to vent. Feel free to add stories or advice, or just remind me this doesn't last forever.
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
17 Jul 08
My toddler is 17 months old. She is impossible to keep from going up the stairs. She started climbing up them when she was only 7 months old and could not even walk yet. She can now walk up them and back down them holding onto the hand rail. She can only open the screen doors though, so she is safely in the house unless the regular door gets left open and I have forgotten to lock the screen door. You can find her on top of the kitchen table, dining room table, the back of the couch, on top of a dresser, anywhere she can climb.
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@deebomb (15315)
• United States
16 Jul 08
My worst one was my youngest daughter. She was climber. She climbed every thing, The kitchen cupboards, the chairs, the tables. You name it and she climbed it. She was the only one of the 4 to like to play in the toilet too. Every time things got quiet I would find her in the bathroom with her hands in the toilet. I couldn't lock the door because the other three would need to get in there to potty. I didn't think she was ever going to out grow the climbing ot the toilet. but she did eventually.
• United States
16 Jul 08
That sounds like my twins. They were climbers and potty players too. When my current toddler was born, my friend said she was going to buy him a baby life preserver, because she thought the twins would throw him in the potty, lol.
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@deebomb (15315)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I love toddlers. They are so mischievous but they are so cute too as they explore their world every thing is so new to them
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@gemini_rose (16268)
16 Jul 08
No it does not last forever and I can testify to that because mine is two and a half and she is just getting out of all that and finally starting to turn into a lovely little girl who is excellent company. Although she does still have the temper tantrums but not half as bad because she knows that we fall out if she does and she does not like to think of Mummy not being her friend. So she checks herself now when she starts and so it is great!
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• United States
17 Jul 08
So I've got perhaps 6 months left of this? Guess I can survive, lol.
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@gemini_rose (16268)
17 Jul 08
It just gets me how it ends all of a sudden and suddenly I thought to myself wow she has not had a strop today!
@checapricorn (16049)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Hi kat, I have no kids and have not experienced taking care of toddlers...But, I know how it is observing my friends who is like a superwoman roaming around the house to monitor her 2 kids..LOL! That is very normal and if he enjoys video games while you need to do cooking, that will be better or let him sit near you while giving him his toys..LOL!
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• United States
17 Jul 08
Video games?? He's far too young for them. Heck, I don't even let my 5 year olds play video games yet.
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@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I know how you feel. I have 2. My oldest just turned 3 and my youngest just made 1. If its not one its the other. My 3 year old does it to get attention most of the time. I just love when you just cleaned up something and they take it all apart. When I go crazy I put one in the high chair which is my oldest and the other in her walker. I give the little one something to eat and the older one colors and a coloring sheet. Just until I get the dish washer filled or sometimes I leave them in there until they start fussing lol. I get so much done. My 3 year old really throws alot of tantrums when my mom is around and I won't give her her way. My mom is good for giving her her way. I had to correct my mom a couple of times b/c of it.
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• United States
16 Jul 08
Aww, that's what gramma's are for, but you're right, can't be having that.
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@littleone3 (2065)
16 Jul 08
I have a toddler who is two. He is in to everything. The only problem is that he has now worked out how to open the stairgates. You need eyes in the back of your head. I think the worst thing he done was to go into the bathroom and get hold of his bubble bathtub and empty the entire bottle out into the bath. But i know he will grow out of it in the end out of all my five children he has to be the worst at this age.
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• United States
16 Jul 08
MMM yes, we had a bubble bath incident a few days ago, but it wasn't in the tub. He dumped it into his toybox, and managed to get some in his eyes. Just think, I get to go through it all again as my little one is only 6 months.
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@bamakelly (5193)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Believe me I know how it is. I have myself a little four year old son. You can have your hands full sometimes. Maybe someday you will miss it. It will go by fast. Before you know it, he will be grown. I try to enjoy the moments of have with my son. I cherish him and you should cherish all of the time you have with him before he grows up. He will remember all of the happy times you have. It's normal to have the moments you are having. It will pass as always.
• United States
16 Jul 08
Four year olds really aren't as bad. You just tend to forget sometimes how difficult certain stages were. I have 5 year old twins, and the 2 of them combined are easier than the toddler.
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16 Jul 08
lol i wish i could add advice or remind you it doesnt last forever but i am in the same situation at the moment lol i have 2 children aged 2 and 3 years and they sound just like your son, my son is 2 and he is a little whirlwind, you need eyes in the back or your head and up your bum just so you can keep an eye on him i am hoping he grows out of it and it doesnt last forever, im praying it doesnt lol
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• United States
16 Jul 08
I have twins that were much more difficult than this one, but it is difficult to remember things like that when you're having an aggravated day. My little bugger really needs a nap, so I've got to move my butt to get down to see hubby, hopefully he will sleep in the car.
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Sounds like he is keeping you busy, I sure do remember the days. I remeber all three of my kids at that age, we all would fall into bed at ite exhuasted lol. Why because that toddler just never stopped. Hehehehehe....Good luck hun,one step ahead now. Hope you are able to visit your hubby at work.
@click50 (68)
• United States
17 Jul 08
If you are cooking maybe you can find a task for your toddler to help you with. Toddlers get into trouble the most when they are bored. Also, if a gate isn't feasible, is it possible to place something else like a chair or something across the stairway during the day so you would have one less worry? Can you lock your doors? Hang in there. Kids do grow up
@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Bless your heart. It doesn't last forever. My son is 24, but I remember those times. We couldn't put a gate at the bottom of our stairs either. I was having a day just like yours when I heavy boxes (of books) that my husband had packed up. The just fit on the stairs and were heavy enough that our son could not topple them over onto himself. And too high for him to climb over. I put the boxes on the 3rd or 4th stair, then took all of his cars and put them on the bottom stair. Suddenly, he had a "new" place to play with his cars and he wasn't a bit concerned about climbing anymore. Of course, his attention span was not very long as a toddler either. I emptied all of the bottom cabinets, leaving just some Tupperware and a few pots and pans. He spent hours climbing in and out of the cabinets and I was right there in the kitchen to supervise. When that stopped being fun, I let him have a dish pan with water and bubbles in it, and a sponge. And he proceeded to wash the floor. What a mess, but he was happy. Good luck. Like I said, it doesn't last forever. In the blink of an eye, they're grown up.