It could always be worse right?

“What if Honor was twins?”

“Oh, good Lord… if Honor was twins it would have been a sign of the coming apocalypse.”

This is what I found yesterday in the kitchen. Just a small taste of Honor’s recent behavior. I’m grasping at straws here to try to figure out what to do with the kid. I think he just gets bored and then wanders around the house. He finds something and thinks, “this looks fun” and then pours/smears it all over the place.

I’m trying to figure out how to keep the kid interested in his toys. If anyone has any suggestions on how to deal with a kid like Honor, I’ll listen. I was trying to pick Jim’s brain last night because his is the closest brain I know to Honor’s brain. He finally said, “sweetie, I’m sorry… you’re just screwed.” Thanks babe. Thanks.

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11 Responses to “It could always be worse right?”

  1. KB

    baby gates. I’d say put them up blocking the kitchen and maybe the hallway. Make him a nice fun zone that he can do what ever in (livingroom/play area.) Then lift him over the gate and bring him along into the bedrooms, kitchen ect. when you’re in there to supervise. I’d say leave the gate up to the kitchen all the time that’s what we do, and it works well.

  2. loo

    If you get any advice let me know…I swear Honor may look like Aden but he acts like Emma!

    We have that same sugar bowl and right now it has little specks of red kool-aid in it from some concoction she made.

  3. Sarah E.

    At least he can’t spell yet. If he could, you might have come in to read “I got you, Mom!” written in sugar.

  4. sarahgrace

    Yep, I agree with the baby gates thing- time to re-childproof the house maybe? And you know the best thing is persistence.

  5. Ginger

    My cousin, the proud yet frazzled mama of two boys under the age of three, found great comfort and insight in “Raising Your Spirited Child” by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. Maybe that one would help you as well?

    But hey, maybe if he was twins, they’d entertain each other! LOL!

    Hang in there, mama. This too shall pass.

  6. trudie

    i hope you’ve got a good vacuum! like ginger said, this too shall pass. that’s the only way i’ve made it through this path month at my place…

  7. Lactivist

    Honor sounds a lot like my second son.

    My best advice is for you to *completely* Honor-proof your house. Close the doors to all rooms except his and put those child-proof door handle things on the doors. Put locks on cabinets & drawers & use a baby gate so he can’t get into that room.

    Another option (not one I’d like to employ though) is to keep him with you all day. If you leave one room and go into another, he comes with you.

    Like other’s have said – this too shall pass! In the meantime, just hang in there!

  8. kelli

    Good luck, he’ll probably settle down soon for you. I think Gianna is going to be like that. Hailee was so even tempered and listened to everything I said. Gianna is only 11 months and she is into EVERYTHING! She’s my wild child already! Now that she’s walking, she tries to go up the steps… I have to follow behind her every second!. My friend Renee also loved the book “Raising your spirited child” She said it really helped:0)

  9. holli

    Hey – I think the use of color and shapes in that photograph is very artistic.. Good job! Screw the toys – why tamper with an artist in the making.

  10. JediEmpressMel

    Maybe make him a sand box, with toys in it that he can play in? Like with a little rake, and some water, and stuff? Kids like playing in sand and mud, and then he could be creative, but it would be outside.

  11. Lactivist

    Along the lines of a sand box, have you considered a water table too? My husband made one out of PVC pipe & a Rubbermaid container. My kids are 5, 3 and 1 and that thing will entertain them for a really long time (1-2 hours!). It gets messy but I just put towels down. I’d rather clean up clean, sudsy water than an icky mess anyday!

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