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|12-26-2012, 04:09 PM||#11|
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Misawa, Japan
Re: My 17 month old is draining us
He doesn't sound particularly different than my own LO was a few months ago. Except that he knows who he can get away with things from and who he can't.
the TV has taught him to be a 'passive observer', so yeah.. of course it'll work. But if he has no more access to it, he'll learn... or.. he might just be like my DD and not really do toys. She's a gross motor child. Or we read. All day. I try other toys and they last a few minutes and she wants another book.. But it is getting better.. she's doing really well with her kitchen, but it is only 1 day old, we'll see if it lasts. Mostly, we read or do flash cards.
If he wants to play with light switches or whatever, put a stool and let him play with it. You can maybe get something done in those 30 minutes At that age, DD also loved playing in the sink. I hated the water waste, but she loved the water. I got her a water table and she didn't care as much about it, but you could try a water table indoors.. maybe more sensory play with beans or dry corn in a big bucket... it's a mess, but for some kids, sensory interests them more than big box toys.
but otherwise, I think post quoted above has it right. He doesn't fight with daycare because he knows he's not allowed. I've watched my friend's kid before and he's an angel.. until his mom comes to pick him up and we're chatting and then he's pushing every limit to see what he can get away with.
SAHM to Magnolia May (09/10), Luke Russett (04/13) and expecting 11/16. Wife and best friend to my airman.