Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Taming the Toddler?

I SO crave order. Order in my life and order in my home. I am often fighting a losing battle. The children are passing around a fever and cough (AGAIN), not to mention I have a mischievous 14 month old and a lively 2 year old, both of which can create havoc in mere seconds. Just to give you an idea of what I'm up against here...

I look over one minute and he's on top of the table (apparently Mommy wasn't giving him grapes fast enough)...
I don't know if you can tell or not, but we have the dining room table pushed over against the wall to deter him from climbing up on at least one side of the table. Less area for him to work with...

And so much for showcasing the lovely table runner that we received as a gift last Christmas. You can't see how pretty it is because he's sitting on it. I guess we will have to save that for putting on the table only when we have guests.

Of course, I take him off the table, give him more grapes to snack on in a safer location and it's not long before I hear an unfamiliar noise coming from the laundry room...

and apparently Mommy needed a reminder to take the bag of recyclables out to the garage. This kid is into EVERYTHING!!!
I can't seem to keep up with him, which explains why our Christmas tree looks like this...

Notice how Zeke is demonstrating how he figured out how to pull a chair over to reach higher:) He's too smart for me.

And as for our 2 year old, he needs a little motivation to be a good "listen boy" (as he calls it), so we are using window clings as a fun way to encourage/reward good behavior...

My kiddos have always been big into stickers and so last year I bought a few Christmas/winter window clings and decided to use them as motivational tools throughout the season. They seem to really dig it, so I bought a few more this year but notice that we only have the pieces of the nativity up so far. Looks like we've got a little work to do...

Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

"Lord, please help me do that!"


  1. HA HA - your tree is hilarious. And I love how Zeke pulled the chair over to get higher. Believe me, I totally understand. Doug and Greg are into "fort building". And they like their forts messy. :) Hope everyone is feeling better!

  2. I feel so bad laughing while reading your post... but it always feels good to know that we aren't the only family with chaos. I too crave order and somehow I think that craving might last a long time. :-)

    Wishing you guys a blessed Christmas!!!!!

  3. hee hee. LOVE your Christmas tree! I so hope everyone is now feeling better in your home.

    I wanted to let you know you won a copy of Made to Crave. :) My e-mail should be attached to this comment. Can you reply to it and send me your mailing address? Thanks so much!

    Blessings to you and your precious crew!