The 8 Most Annoying Things My Toddler "Plays" WithEmily McClements
In seems like toddlers love to get into everything, and make as big of a mess as they possibly can. At least my toddler.
We call him “Brother the Destructor”, because he literally seems to leave destruction in his wake, wherever he goes.
Sometimes I feel like my job as his mama is to follow him around on my hands and knees with a vacuum, and a cleaning rag, to pick up, and clean up, after him. And believe me, that is NOT want I want to be doing all day!
This morning turned out to be an exceptionally destructive morning, where I swear he got into almost every single thing he possibly could. That picture of my living room is not made up, folks!
So it got me thinking about the most annoying things that he gets into and “plays” with, and before I knew it, I came up with a pretty good list.
And lest you think I just let my kid run around our house unsupervised all the time, he usually does these things when I am busy doing other things — going to the bathroom, taking a shower, doing laundry, cooking, etc. — where I am in a different part of the house and otherwise occupied. He’s sneaky like that.
Here are The 8 Most Annoying Things My Toddler “Plays” With:
Books 1 of 8For some reason he loves to pull all of the kids books off the shelf and make big piles with them. But, it's really annoying when he also pulls off all of our books and sometimes rips the dust covers, or even some of the pages.
My Wallet 2 of 8Now granted, I need to clean out my wallet more regularly, but he really enjoys getting into it and pulling out all of the receipts, the money, and my cards. I'm pretty sure I lost a $20 bill at one point because of him, and I have been at the store on more than one occasion and opened my wallet to pay and... WHERE IS MY CARD?!
Kitchen Tools 3 of 8I don't really have a problem with him playing with some of my stuff in the kitchen, I understand they're fun toys for kids. But it drives me crazy when he seems to get out every single kitchen utensil and pan, and play with them around the house getting dog hair, and who knows what else all over them, then I feel like I have to wash them all before I can cook with them or put them back in the cupboard.
The Toilet Paper Roll 4 of 8Why, oh why, do kids love to unroll toilet paper so much? This one kills the green side of me because sometimes he pulls it all the way off, and rips it, and throws it all around so that it becomes unusable — it is just so wasteful!
Yarn 5 of 8In previous seasons of my life I have tried, and failed, to be a knitter. I have a stash of yarn that I got to make different projects, but this is what it looks like right now. He likes to "knit" with it, which really just means turn it into one big tangled mess. I'm not sure I will ever get it untangled again!
Loose Change 6 of 8We have a change jar that we keep on top of our dresser, and my son climbs up and gets it down and plays with the coins. The main issue I have with this one is that it is harder and harder for me to bend over and get down on the floor to help him pick these up now that I'm five months pregnant. It usually induces a major case of heartburn. Ugh!
Our Clothes 7 of 8Whether it's pulling the clothes out of the drawers in our room, or dumping over baskets of clean, and sometimes folded, laundry, it makes me want to pull my hair out!
The Registers 8 of 8We have large cold air return vents in our old house and you would not believe some of the things I've found in them. For some reason he thinks it's fun to drop stuff down in there when I'm not looking.
Note: No toddler was injured in the taking of these pictures, but he was pretty happy that I actually asked him to do a few of the things that I normally don’t want him to do!
What are the most annoying things your toddler gets into around your house?