Elyssa - posted on 07/30/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )
I'm a stay at home mom of a beautiful 15 month old boy, we were recently kicked out of our apartment and forced to move in with my in-laws. My in laws are clean freaks. My father in law was in the army for 20+ years. My mother in law is a little bit OCD. My son is at the stage where he wants to get into everything, it's what he's supposed to do! Its a toddlers job! They don't really want him touching anything. They baby proofed the important things like under the sink (with the chemicals), but won't put locks on the drawers, so naturally he likes pulling everything out. Nothing in the drawers is breakable or would harm him in any way (its tupperware lids, and mixing cups, and metal and plastic bowls etc) They get so upset with him when he's just "doing his job" as a toddler. They have so many rules and things he's not allowed to touch, he's becoming miserable and bored, so he's starting to act out a little bit. I would take him outside, but they have some massive sticker plants on their land, and I'm really worried about him falling down a window well in the 2 seconds I might not be looking. I'm so tired of telling my son no, when I wish I could be telling him "yes, it's okay to get into things and make messes!" I don't have a vehicle to use on a daily basis, my husband takes it to work, so I can't take him to the library or park or anywhere really because we live in the middle of nowhere. My question is, how can I comply with my in-laws wishes, but still keep my son happy?