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Post » Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:21 am

TV + child suggestions

So with my daughter now at the age where anything with a screen must be touched and get fingerprints all over it I'm looking at wall mounting the TV + maybe getting either some sort of floating shalves or floating (lockable) cabinet.

Curious about other bittards may have done facing similar issues?
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Post » Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:35 am

I relaxed my compulsion to CLEAN ALL THE THINGS, think we left a smear of yoghurt on one telly for about a month...

Gentle reminders every single time, 'don't touch the screen dear', they learn which ones are touchy and which aren't pretty quickly, and no real damage is done.

Still wince when someone touches a monitor or laptop, but with another decade of proper counselling techniques and transcendental meditation...
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Post » Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:20 pm

I had a lot of success putting baby gates around everything - just cheap wood things that connect to form barricades.
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Post » Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:49 pm

This is why I know im not ready for kids.

There are two things I cant handle:

1. Spittle
2. Dirty hands
3. Dirty faces
4. Smudges and general uncleanliness
5. Children.

Sorry that list was longer than I expected.
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Post » Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:49 pm

I had a lot of success putting baby gates around everything - just cheap wood things that connect to form barricades.
I've got one of those, she still reaches through/over and it's only a matter of time before she realises she can pull it away with a bit of effort.

Also with #2 on the way we're looking at maximising space, so wall mounting and less barricading is preferable.
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Post » Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:06 pm

How old? My 3yo is thoroughly screen trained, it's not a thing.

Besides, I hate looking UP to tvs, and even if you cut their legs off they just keep getting taller.
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Post » Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:54 pm

How old? My 3yo is thoroughly screen trained, it's not a thing.
Currently ~16 months
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Post » Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:57 pm

I had a lot of success putting baby gates around everything - just cheap wood things that connect to form barricades.
I've got one of those, she still reaches through/over and it's only a matter of time before she realises she can pull it away with a bit of effort.

Also with #2 on the way we're looking at maximising space, so wall mounting and less barricading is preferable.
I think the part that made it work so well is that we set up a spot that was far more interesting for them (old monitors they could vomit/nom/smear/poke, etc,) so there was less temptation to get grabby. Though I think we just lucked out temperament wise.
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Post » Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:54 pm

heh, as they get older the good stuff gets moved higher up ;)

we've got a weird 2m high indonesian corner cabinet that puts the base of the tv at waist height. never had any issue with stuff smeared on the screen. when hobb v2 was older i told him the crystals behind the screen would break if he touched them and he would meet the same fate as his older brother. when he says "but I don't have an older brother" look off into the distance and say 'if only he listened to me'.
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Post » Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:20 pm

heh, as they get older the good stuff gets moved higher up ;)

we've got a weird 2m high indonesian corner cabinet that puts the base of the tv at waist height. never had any issue with stuff smeared on the screen. when hobb v2 was older i told him the crystals behind the screen would break if he touched them and he would meet the same fate as his older brother. when he says "but I don't have an older brother" look off into the distance and say 'if only he listened to me'.
I can't tell if that's brilliant or evil
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Post » Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:03 am

:lol: twisted, very twisted.
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Post » Thu Nov 26, 2015 11:18 am

trolling your kids is half the fun of parenting. i'm inspired by calvin and hobbs' dad but i couldn't keep a straight face with that one tho, he knew i was messing with him instantly ;p

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i was given a pro tip about power points tho. even after you put those plastic things in tell them if they mess with them their head will explode. at first i thought "that's a bit strong innit?" but turns kids respond to that a lot more than explaining electrocution and other stuff they won't understand. end goal is keeping them alive right? ;p
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Post » Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:27 pm

"This is owie" is basically universal language
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Post » Fri Nov 27, 2015 9:57 am

Our place is mostly toddler proof but its good to have things still in reach that they are not allowed to touch to teach restraint.
The opposite lesson is - "everything you can reach, you can touch"
Kids have different temperaments though so what works for someone else may not work for you.
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Post » Fri Nov 27, 2015 10:29 am

this is true. cotton wooling your kids is detrimental

as is this guy
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Post » Sun Nov 29, 2015 11:45 pm

It doesn't matter what you do, they just learn to lie when you ask who did it. Or they learn to touch it when you're not around.
If you have more than one they just blame the youngest.
If i where you I'd just skip to the end of the process and yell when they go near the TV. You'll get there, just save yourself some time. They have remotes now, there's no need for a child to go near the TV.
And look at it as an opportunity to upgrade when you're done breeding and the kids are old enough.
You can't have nice things when the kids are small.
I know, I have four.
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Post » Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:45 am

You can't have nice things when the kids are small.
I know, I have four.
Which 4 "nice things" did you opt for?
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Post » Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:16 pm

if you're my wife in disguise, then its definitely the kids.

if you're not, I find your attempt at humour drool, but only because I didn't say it.
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Post » Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:50 am

I thought it was prudent to establish my 'dad' credentials for posting in this thread.
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Post » Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:20 pm

:lol:
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