Today is backwards day at Works for Me Wednesday, which means that I get to ask for tips instead of sharing one.
So, here's my question... how do you keep small boys from climbing and pushing every piece of furniture in the house??? Argh! My 18-month old son is a climber. For a while we could block off the kitchen table area (we have an open floor plan) with the pack-n-play and some kitchen chairs, but no more... he's strong enough now to simply push those things out of his way. His favorite activity right now is to climb into a kitchen chair, then sit on top of the table and loudly proclaim "get down!" while grinning from ear to ear. (I'm glad he can say the words, now we just need to work on understanding the meaning!) As soon as someone gets him away from the table, he goes to the other side of the room to try climbing the couch or pushing around a lightweight end table. And so it goes all day long... help!
We have tried the logical things: giving him push toys, taking him safe places to climb, distracting him with other activities. I've tried "no" and sitting him on the couch. I've tried sitting at the table myself to keep him down, but eventually I have to get up and do other things, so he's right back at it.
I know this is a phase and he'll eventually grow out of it, but in the meantime, any tips? His 4 year-old sister did some climbing when she was this age, but nothing quite so persistant. So please, tell me, what works for you?