My 2 year old found the latch to the fridge, and has taken it upon herself to slather hummus all over herself. I've given her a bath, but she still smells like roasted red pepper hummus. Might I mention that it had a "child proof " latch on it? I'm thinking about requesting a padded room with a straight jacket as my new vacation spot.
When my daughter was two and covered herself head-to-toe in paint, I took a photo. It is priceless.
A bath was next, though.
If you took a photo, post it here! I will try to find mine, but it was pre-digital. (Yes, I am old.)
I was seriously considering it. Haha. At least she ate a good bit of it.
Ah, Taylor, your post brought back memories! My boys were mischievous like that, although my girls were more reserved. I DO recall a granddaughter who always plunged her hands into any yogurt she could access, so she could slather it on her head like hair conditioner!
My daughter simply stopped purchasing yogurt for awhile, as the little one did not seem to get the connection between the yogurt and her mouth. She was determined to put it all over her hair!
Maybe she had some beauty secrets we were missing out on!
My 2 year old did the same thing but with Vaseline. Needless to say, we don't carry Vaseline in this household.
How did you know that two of the granddaughters did just that, with black magic marker on my daughter's white leather couch?
My three-year old managed to get into the food dye this morning. Now she has tie-dye hands! Does anyone else feel like our kids are conspiring against us?!
I went as far as putting latching locks high up on the door to the pantry to keep her out, but she figured out how to climb up there anyway! This kid is ridiculous! When she was 2 her doctor called her a "little problem solver" which I assume is a nice way of saying "this one's gonna be a handful".
There are far worse things a kid can smell like, than roasted red peppers. Haha.
Spank the mom for not knowing what her two year old was doing at that time. Parents must watch toddlers and preschool aged children constantly… as in every single second.
If you are working in the kitchen, etc., parents can use the "rearview mirror," (watching them out of the corner of their eye). However, there are no rearview mirrors when on personal computers. (Hint: Just stay off of screen technology when with your child.)
And don't stick him/her in front of screen technology just to unburden yourself.
Take on the burden. The work you do now will pay off for the rest of your child's life and your life.
Be with them. Prepare their environment. Know what they need and like to do. Provide learning activities. You are helping them toward living life successfully. What they do now builds their skills for future survival and mastery of the environment on earth.
If your child likes to spread hummus all over herself, perhaps she is would enjoy stirring and watching you cook and mix foods. Take what your child is naturally interested in and provide similar learning activities. Observe your child carefully to discover what his/her natural interests are.
Dr. Maria Montessori discovered that children do not like playing with toys as much as working with real life things/tools. She discovered they love learning letters, (writing comes before reading,) writing and counting. concrete to abstract, large to small. etc.
These principles are explained in The Secret of Childhood and The Absorbent Mind,
by Dr. Maria Montessori.
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