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23/01/2013 at 09:44
I hope this thread doesn't make me come across as precious or mean but here goes.
When you have visitors with kids, do you pack some of your kids toys away so they don't get broken.
We have a regular visitor to our house, and most visits something of C's gets broken, be it a book, toy, drawing etc. All we ever get is a "sorry", nothing is replaced where I feel appropriate, and so I now pack certain things away.
I completely understand that kids break things, that's life, kids are kids. C isn't adverse to being heavy handed with stuff. But if it was everytime we saw someone I'd not let him play with certain expensive looking things and offer to pay if he regularly broke stuff. He is by no means an angel, but equally not destructive. If he is being heavy handed I pull him up hopefully before it gets broken.
Do you do the same thing?? Or am I being picky???
23/01/2013 at 09:47
No, I don't. Ha, you are picky, but seriously, I have never been in that postition TBH
23/01/2013 at 09:54
My eldest is brilliant with toys, even his toddler toys never got broken or lost parts. When his cousin comes parts to one toy can be in all corners of the house, I hate it. And my house looks like its just been tipped upside down, I'm not used to it as its just not how p plays. And now he has Lego, the big sets its bad as he builds them to the instructions and his cousin pulls then apart , that's do not how I......I mean Peter likes his Lego:-)
23/01/2013 at 09:57
It might help to go give examples, this persons kids since Xmas have torn his dressing up stuff, ripped pages out of his books, chewed pieces of his puzzles, dropped his leap pad,trod on his dr kit case and all we get is "oh sorry".
23/01/2013 at 09:59
Urgh, that is bad. Does the parent not comment? I'd be going to their house from now on!
If this was the case I think I'd pack 'good' toys away, I think that's quite rude things being broken and not replaced. I know my 3yr old would get really upset by his things being ruined or broken and I know he wouldn't brake anyone else's toys
23/01/2013 at 10:02
Being that mine are usually the ones breaking stuff, no I don't out anything away that I wouldn't allow them free play with. I guess it's different if he's careful with his things though.
23/01/2013 at 10:05
I don't want to come across as unreasonable, C beaks things and is heavy handed. But if he broke someone's toy or the like I'd replace it. I know these things happen bug with this visitor is a regular thing and blind eye is always turned. So it's led me to pack stuff away prior to their arrival!!
23/01/2013 at 10:10
I do that when my step son comes to stay. He's destructive, so i'll be damned if he's breaking anymore of my kids stuff.
Other visitors are C's friends, and they don't bother with J's stuff.
23/01/2013 at 10:17
I think that I would pack the good stuff away
23/01/2013 at 10:31
The kids would be lucky they get a look in withough Louie crying and making them feel bad. My boy is not a sharer
In your case I'd be packing away too.
23/01/2013 at 10:34
Molly is a bit of a destroyer as in when she goes to play with Louie she likes to have everything out to see (novelty of other childrens toys?) but she does not damage them and I would not be happy with her if she done any of those things you mentioned to her own toys let alone someone elses so in your shoes I would be putting the good things away!
23/01/2013 at 11:35
Yep I do. I feel awful for doing it but my cousins come and ruin all C's toys. He had a brand new castle thing for Xmas and they pulled all the levers and buttons off and we could fix it I was gutted he'd only played with it twice. They are just so destructive!
23/01/2013 at 11:43
Its not precious hun, its different if they apologised and didnt do it again. You are right to do that.
24/01/2013 at 12:44
I will pack away a cherished item - eg T has a huge lego spaceship which is delicate, so I will move that out of the way.
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