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To ban Ds (2.4) from any room above the ground floor?

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BeanstalkandBump Tue 05-Feb-13 16:48:28

Seriously considering this..... Even his bedroom. Yes..... His bedroom can be the first to go.
So far today I have found purple crayon scribbles on the back of the bathroom door, green pencil marks on our bedroom wall, play-doh in the pockets of my dressing gown, red (bright sodding red) crayon on our white hall walls. Our bathroom grouting is a sort of rank, cobalt blue colour and there's a funny looking brown duck amongst his yellow pals on the shower curtain angry
I have been wallpapering today and all these things must have passed my sleepy eyes before now as Ds isn't even here today. He's gone to be 'my darling boy' at his Gran's house for the day. hmm
Would it be awfully, awfully wrong to give his bedroom away to the ironing pile? He can sleep in his giant pencil case I'm sure.

jendot Wed 06-Feb-13 08:16:02

Ha I had a graffiti artist too( also escape artist and mischief maker!). His worst misdemeanour was a bottle of tipex while I was in the shower. Think fabric sofa, tv, radiator, windows, DVD player, stereo ( in the buttons, tape decks, speakers). Took me hours and hours of scrubbing and scraping!
I feel your pain....
He is 12 now and we take great delight in reminding him if the mischief he used to cause. Plenty of ammo for wedding speeches we have!
Hide everything in VERY afraid if he goes quiet for any period of time!

PoppyWearer Tue 05-Feb-13 18:00:46

OP, more sympathy here, I have a school-age DC1 who loves to draw, but I supervise my toddler DC2, put the crayons away in a box and lots of other things that have been mentioned on this thread.

And yet somehow a crayon has eluded me, for there is scribble on the wall in the kitchen, courtesy of DC2.

My DC1 was an angel when younger, never would have done such a thing, and I probably would have been sanctimonious about how I didn't have that problem, could just put the crayons away. No stair gate, no child locks.

Now I have DC2. Boy oh boy. Nothing in our house is safe unless locked or nailed/screwed down. And even then I wouldn't be too sure.

Definitely not going to redecorate until he is at least 4yo...

FurryDogMother Tue 05-Feb-13 17:49:17

Quote - before you lose it, take a photo of it, print it out and frame it?

TalkinPeace2 Tue 05-Feb-13 17:48:42

What she did was utterly wrong.
Neither she or her younger brother ever did it again.
They both love drawing and colouring but know that room walls are NOT the place to do it.

quoteunquote Tue 05-Feb-13 17:45:33

I have a doodle on the side of my chimney breast it a picasso type drawing of a whale and horse (well that what it looks like)

it was done about five years ago, I really need to repaint, but I love it, and will be sad to see it go.

the child that did it is now quite big, every time I catch a glance of the scribble, it takes me back to when they were three.

pumpkinsweetie Tue 05-Feb-13 17:42:21

Take away the crayons, sorted smile

DeepRedBetty Tue 05-Feb-13 17:41:45

shock steady on TalkinPeace!

SingingSands Tue 05-Feb-13 17:41:13

I know where you are coming from OP. I once sent my 2yr old DS downstairs whilst I brushed my teeth (so literally 2mins!) and in that time he had located a black permanent marker and drawn a line around the entire living room, which took in the white glossed windowsill, the marble fire surround, the walls, the radiator, the side table, the tv, another side table, a radiator and the armchair.

My face was like this --> shock and angry

To this day I do not know where the marker pen came from, nor how quickly he must have sprinted around the room to cause such devastation in 2 sodding minutes!

TalkinPeace2 Tue 05-Feb-13 17:38:11

DD drew on the wall when she was three.
She cleaned it off. (scourer, hot water, soap)
I sat there and supervised her till there was no mark at all.
It took an hour.
Her supper was stone cold by the time I made her eat it.
She never did it again.

Sorry but you need to be MUCH stricter about ground rules.

BeanstalkandBump Tue 05-Feb-13 17:34:08

Nah bluemonkey quite enjoying it all whilst knee deep in WD40, Good House Keeping mags and websites on how to supervise a toddler grin wink

Feelingood Tue 05-Feb-13 17:33:54

Well he got a lot done according to your post.....

BeanstalkandBump Tue 05-Feb-13 17:32:24

Iggly brilliant! So you never, ever, ever took your eyes off a toddler? Not to find your abandoned, cold cuppa or to answer a phone call? Brilliant!

Bluemonkeyspots Tue 05-Feb-13 17:32:01

I hope you were not hoping for a lighthearted thread op grin

It's all very well people saying to put the crayons away (duh why did I not think of that one!) but I have older school age dc who have bags/blazers with pencils in them or leave them unattended for 2 mins while doing homework and the little mess magnet finds them.

Feelingood Tue 05-Feb-13 17:31:28

Has time on his own...well err there you go. Glad it wasn't a pair of scissors, pills etc he found lying around your busy house.

PerAspera Tue 05-Feb-13 17:27:42

WD-40 will take crayon off painted walls... <bitter experience>

Iggly Tue 05-Feb-13 17:27:14

Well somehow he managed to do it so....

MrsOakenshield Tue 05-Feb-13 17:25:51

well, look at it this way. DD (3) has never done this, but she's completely uninteresting in colouring anyway, which is a pity as I was hoping I could transfer my never-to-be-realized dreams of being artistic onto her.

Send him and DH on a crayon hunt at the weekend? Bag of choc buttons to whoever gets the most? then throw all the little bastards in the bin

ValiumQueen Tue 05-Feb-13 17:23:37

YABU. He is 2. He should be better supervised. It is not his fault.

woopsidaisy Tue 05-Feb-13 17:22:02

One of mine was watching that crappy Squiglet CBeebies thing at about that age. He was copying Squiglet with a marker on the tv!
Complete innocent, he thought that was what you were supposed to do. grin

ClaimedByMe Tue 05-Feb-13 17:21:54

Any art/messy stuff is hidden/up high/locked away in this house and my dc are 7 & 9 I still don't trust them

valiumredhead Tue 05-Feb-13 17:21:19

It IS easily solved by hiding the crayons -ds would have scribbled on every wall in the house if I hadn't counted the crayons out and counted them back in the tin then put them away.

BeanstalkandBump Tue 05-Feb-13 17:21:11

Ahhh clearly Iabu then by not storing anything away (I do) and not supervising my own two old (I do). He does, believe it or not have time without me and as I guess there are bound to be odd materials around a busy house that he will inevitably get his mitts on.
Though by the sounds of responses so far, we are in a minority having toddler art work on our verticals blush
Perhaps I'm being slightly harsh in letting our crumpled rags overtake his lovely Pollock esq bedroom grin

TeWiSavesTheDay Tue 05-Feb-13 17:17:35

I love the everyone thinks this is easily solved by hiding the crayons! grin

I had a graffiti artist. I threw out every single pen or pencil that wasn't a tried and tested washable one. She never did it with one of those!

Grown out of it now I think, at nearly 4.

Iggly Tue 05-Feb-13 17:12:25


why not set rules about where things go and keep a better eye on him?

So in our house play doh and drawing stuff stay on the table. Not allowed any where else.

Pigsmummy Tue 05-Feb-13 17:10:21

Stair gate on stairs, sorted?

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