- Destructive toddlers – can anything be done?
Serious question – if you have a little kid that just seems to break everything they touch, is there any way to teach them?! We have tried everything – we spend time sitting and playing with him and show him how to play with things, but it seems as soon as our backs are turned, Bam Bam mode is activated and he breaks pretty much anything he touches.
We have bought second hand things that other families have had for years, and within a day/week they’re fit for scrap. It’s sometimes almost instant. I find it hard not to get frustrated and punish him with time outs in his room, or no treats, but they’re not working.
Anyone got any tips?Posted 5 months ago
We’ve never replaced any toys once broken. I put the majority of toys in the loft and only have maybe 5-6 main things downstairs for him to play with at any one time, swap them round now and then. He definitely focuses better when there are fewer things to look at.
He does love playdo and painting and we have a corner with a wee table specifically for those. But once he gets hold of something breakable, that’s it.
I think we just need to be more careful keeping anything that might break away from him. I don’t like his day having so much ‘naughty time’ in it and would rather be spending it doing fun stuff!
Anyway, after lunch we’re going out on a bike ride so that’ll keep him happy for a while!Posted 5 months ago701arvnMember
My six year old daughters score so far:
2 x DVD players (one just utterly destroyed)
1 x Sony Vaio laptop (this one hurt); tea poured in the keyboard.
1 x Laptop DVD drive (on the replacement laptop)
1 x Car CD player (twice, both times off to the audio shop for fixing)
1 x Surround sound system, no idea, have yet to take it apart.
The CD player in the van has suddenly stopped working, but she is vehemently denying having touched it. Previous form suggests two CD’s inserted at the same time.
This is just the major stuff, I don’t even count the toys and try not to get too irate as I think it is mostly just curiosity as to how things work.
Except for the laptop, that was her just being an arse.
As above, craft stuff and the like is a good way to go – seems to work for that mindset.Posted 5 months agojohndohMember
I used to have a thing for taking toys apart, even from a very young age. Just the way my mind works, really. I need to know how something works.
Being similar to you, my brother once got an Armatron for Christmas. He took it apart after Christmas lunch and IIRC it never went back together properly. Dad was not happy.
Posted 5 months agochewkwMember
glasgowdan – Member
Anyone got any tips?
Nothing you can do about the toddlers but you can definitely not give them things to break.
They sound like my cousin when he was a kid as he practically destroyed or dismantle everything he touched.
3 of my grandpa’s watches were broken, dismantled to pieces … 😆Posted 5 months agomuppetWranglerMember
Next door neighbours youngest was the same. The bad news is he didn’t grow out of it, he’s twenty two now and still breaks pretty much anything he touches. This is made all the funnier as his old man used to be a precision toolmaker and just cant get to grips with how his son is such a thumper. Pretty much every time I see him there’s a new story of how the TV remote is in pieces or he’s snapped a garden fork or dropped the kettle etc.Posted 5 months agochewkwMember
muppetWrangler – Member
Next door neighbours youngest was the same. The bad news is he didn’t grow out of it, he’s twenty two now and still breaks pretty much anything he touches.
My cousin ended up working for a oil rig company in the far east doing all the deep sea pipe laying with very limited education. They did train him though and now he is the apprentice to his father-in-law in the building trade … 😆Posted 5 months ago
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