she is two today and we bought her a beautiful wooden kitchen from ELC. Bought it 4 months ago as we knew it was the one we wanted to get so he has had months to put it together. Last night he commented that he thought we'd wrap it up as it is in the box (flat packed!) and give it to her! I threw a wobbly (accused of being hormonal and silly as pregnant) and eventually he put it together (after about 3 hours of scratching head and cursing!) Am I unreasonable to want my daughter to be able to play with her birthday present immediately?
thank you for the reassurance ladymuck, was starting to think it was me! He would probably be tempted to buy her a whole set of bosch powertools but he hasn't yet. He did actually comment that she would probably have more fun playing with the box! men!
well for a start, he is the one with all the expensive power tools, which I am not allowed to touch. Also, it is 'mans work' (his words, not mine) and I am the one that does the majority of the child care and very rarely have 10 minutes to shave my legs let alone an hour or so to put together toys. Also, I'm pregnant so I imagine if I did attempt to do it myself I would be told off! Do I have to justify why I can't do it?
I have found my marriage has improved ten fold by doing the flat packs myself. I do them pretty much as soon as they are delivered (and they are surprisingly easy to do) not the months it used to take for my DH to get off his arse.
My Dh always expected around of applause when he did any DIY. I now do it myself, quicker, easier and more often than not I do a better job.
actually it was quite complicated! It took my DH and my 15 year old DS around 3 hours to do. think the safest option in future is to buy ready assembled stuff. Either that or perhaps someone could volunteer to look after my 2 year old whilst sniggering at my attempts to do it myself.
I dont know, I would have given it flatpacked, as I would not want to deprive my sons of the pleasure and excitement of seing it built. Then it is not just a toy, but something he is part of, he sees the toy "come to life" and it is special time spent with daddy building it. This far outweights playing with it right away.
Weebesom, thank you for your kind message for my DD. she is having her pm nap now and kitchen is all assembled downstairs ready for when she wakes up. I'm sure she will love it.
QS, I'm sure you are right with older kids but at 2 years old I don't think she'd be excited about seeing it built and would probably swallow most of the nuts and bolts and chew on any piece of wood she could find (molars coming through!) Also, I'd be a bit worried about the 'new' words she'd have picked up if she'd witnessed daddy putting it together! lots of cussing going on!
My dd watched my Dad assemble her first desk - she was 2 at the time - which was later given to her for Christmas. She was fascinated but she was one side of the glass door and the desk/Dad was the other side .