Sunday, November 21, 2010

Outsmarted





The biggest problem we're having with Oliver and his new bed is keeping him in it after we say goodnight and leave the room. I know, shocking news! What I didn't expect was for him to learn that he could move the chair across the room, climb onto it and flip he light switch. Once he does that he'll play quietly so we he doesn't get caught being out of bed. The first time, he was so quiet that it was 10pm before I noticed the light under the door. There he was, just hanging out like it was 10 in the morning. Since then we've had to move the chair back, turn off the light and put him back to bed three to four times a night before he'll actually give up and stay in bed and go to sleep.

I decided the other day that I'd had enough and rearranged the room. I moved the chair into the corner and wedged it in between the wall and the bed so he couldn't move it. Or so I thought. It worked for one nap and maybe one bedtime till he figured out it wasn't wedged very tightly and could maneuver it with a little work. Then I moved his toy box over to block up the space between the bed and wall so there wouldn't be room for him to get the chair through. Still no luck. I hadn't planned on his apparent super
toddler strength allowing him to push the heavy box out of the way. 

Last night Nick came up with this ingenious way to stop the problem.  

 


Yup, it worked. He can't move the chair. So the problem is fixed! Yipee!!!!


This morning when we went to get him, he had once again foiled our attempts. Look Mom! The activity table works great as a stool.

Post Script: We have been trying really hard to get around the chair problem because we really want to leave it in the room. We don't have room for it anywhere else and it gets used every day for story time and watching O jump on his bed as he insists you do. I think we are going to have to take the chair apart and take everything else out of his room. I hate to do that cause there just isn't room to store it in the this small house.  

Damn smart kids!!! 



6 comments:

noinvitationrequired said...

That's hilarious!!! I do hope that my kids are smart when they get older, but it would be nice right now if they didn't figure some things out so quickly!

Chantal said...

My daughter did the same thing. I finally just removed the light bulb at night. That fixed that.

Morena said...

Yup, Chantal that would be alot easier than moving everything out... mmmmm, Why didn't I think of that?

indigo said...

you could put the light on a timer

jen said...

Oh man that's hilarious Nick's solution though! Even if Oliver is a little smartie!

Matt, Kara, Hunter and Cavan said...

mahhaahhaah!! Just use the hand-cuffs on Oliver!