We have to be a little creative around here with childproofing. The Mini-Destroyers are pretty smart when overcoming the obstacles we try to put in their way. My friends all laugh because they think it's humorous how much we childproof our house. Everything shown below is in addition to the childproofing that "normal" people do. I personally don't find it funny that our kids have destroyed the kitchen table I refinished, broke the lid on our piano, tried to break the door on our new dishwasher, broke the microwave turntable, shop the in fridge for random things like Wasabi sauce and mayo (anything within easy reach), and broke my old netbook.
Introducing Mini-Destroyer #1 (AKA Miss C., Bugs, and Missy Boo)
- This one is getting old enough to realize she can have her own opinion about everything and does. She likes to break into our bedroom and steal my lip gloss. She also steals mints from my purse and breaks microwave turn-tables. She occasionally has a tendency to throw toys at her sister's head resulting in an ER visit and stitches.
Mini-Destroyer #2 (AKA: Little Dude, Buddy)
- This one has the most deceptive and infectious grin you've ever seen. He makes you believe he could never create any sort of trouble. He likes to break dishwashers, window screens and drawer fronts.
Mini-Destroyer #3 (AKA: Miss A, Little Bug)
- This one has a talent for climbing on the counter, dresser, piano, table, etc. She likes to break computers, spit water on my carpet, throw away blender lids and steal my shoes. She is also the most emotional girl I have ever met.
To thwart these mischevious munchkins, we have pretty much removed or locked down anything in our house. Here are a some examples:
The piano lid is tied to the legs. Little Dude has a tendency to slam fingers in the lid as he repeatedly slams it (this is how he broke it). Also notice the missing bench. It lives in the storage room for obvious reasons.
We replaced the dishwasher a few months ago because our old one leaked and didn't clean the dishes well. Little Dude seemed to instinctively know that this one was new and must be destroyed. He liked to open it up and climb in. Luckily the door survived, but wouldn't have lasted much longer.
Miss C is horrible about getting into the fridge. She'll open it up and stand there while the twins steal the Wasabi sauce (maybe if they had a taste that would teach them). It just gets old. She can still get the fridge open, so that's when we tie the handles together.
This is our bedroom door. Miss C can easily open the doorknob lock. This lock was required to keep her out of one of the few non-childproof places in the house. There is also one of these on the linen closet.
The twins like to dance on the table and push the chairs up to the counter and get into everything else. I got tired of saying "No" because they didn't hear me anyway. We now tie the chairs up whenever not in use.
All the kids can get the deadbolt open on the front and back doors so we had to add the upper lock.
Opening and slamming the microwave door is a favorite pastime around here, and that got irritating. Also, we didn't want to replace the mechanism for the turn-table again.
It's no wonder my kids make me tired.
Back to sewing posts tomorrow.