how do i get my son to stop touching stuff?

Cassandra - posted on 04/02/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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how can i stop my son from tearing the house apart and ruining everything he can get his hands on? he touchs everything and no matter how many time outs and me telling no, he still does it. he will stand there looking at me while he is doin it and im telling him no. he luaghs and thinks it is funny =/

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Cassandra - posted on 04/02/2012

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He is 2 and he touchs everything he has toys galore, i spend atleast 3 to 4 hours with him not including at bed time, im at my wits end =/

Random - posted on 04/02/2012

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Redirect, redirect, redirect.



If he's laughing while he does it, it's possible that he's doing it for attention. You have a few choices. You can play his "game", continuing to tell him no and letting him disobey you which is loads of fun for him and frustrating as hell for you. You can make your no mean no by following through on it and taking away the forbidden item. You can ignore it and allow him to touch the things he wants showing him HOW to take care of them or you can redirect his attention with something else and praise the ever-loving snot out of him when he follows your directions.

Chrystal - posted on 04/02/2012

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To keep my sanity with 2 kids under 2 I put away anything I don't want them touching, child lock all the cabinets, and I just don't sweat almost all the rest of it. Yeah for an instant it's frustrating when I just made the bed and both kids jump on top of it and crawl under the covers but I stop myself and look at the two squealing babies having a good time and think who cares about the bed and jump on it to share cuddles I can always remake it. It's not really that big of a deal to pick up a few extra things and soon they will have outgrown that need to get into everything. When it's not possible to just let it go (when it's breakable, dangerous, or important) well sorry it's to bad but they can't have it; that's the end of it and it doesn't matter if they want to cry about it that won't change anything. If your son is throwing things you give him back at you don't give him projectiles no need to add flying objects to a tantrum. When he pitches a fit tell him "I know your upset but you can't have (thing)" and walk away. I do that with my son that's just under two and he fusses for maybe a minute then moves on.

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Cassandra - posted on 04/02/2012

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also i try to take the objects away from him and give him somethign he can touch, but when i do that holy hell breaks loose and he freeks out and throws what i give him, and after that he keeps grabbing and screamign for that object, i left him in my room for five minutes while i cleaned, i walked in and seen him putting a blanket on the bed i thought he was making the bed but turns out he was throwing my whole bedroom suit out the window on the ground.

September - posted on 04/02/2012

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Move the things out of reach that you don't want him touching. He's going to touch stuff he's a child and curious.

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How old is he? What is he touching? Is it possible to move most of the things you don't want him touching?



Instead of just sitting there telling him no.... What happens if you go up to him and either move what he's touching or move HIM and give him something that he CAN mess with instead?

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