Nov 4, 2016

Wait a Minute!

One minute. Just sixty short seconds. As an adult, think about what you can accomplish in 60 seconds. Maybe get a glass of water, go to the bathroom, put a couple dishes in the dishwasher…Not much, right? To us, it seems like a small amount of time. But for a child, it’s an eternity. Those of us with small children know that a short 60 seconds is plenty of time for them to do all sorts of naughty things. Kids can do more in one unsupervised minute than most adults can do all day. Really. I’ve seen it both ways.

Have you ever stepped away for just a quick minute to go to the bathroom or throw in a load of laundry and left your child unattended? You think to yourself, “what could possibly go wrong in just a few seconds? They’ll be fine; I’ll be right back.” I’m here to tell you that A LOT can go wrong. Trust me. When left to their own devices, kids can get into and destroy just about anything find. I am actually quite amazed at how fast they can find and get into the things they are not supposed to do. It’s is probably the only time in their lives they do something quickly. It’s like they have been secretly planning their coup for months. Every last detail is meticulously planned even down to the escape route.

These are some of the things that my own little angels have gotten into in just a short 60 seconds.
  • Color their arms and legs with permanent marker….and possibly your furniture.
  • Color the dog with permanent marker.
  • Cut a few strands of their beautiful hair or their siblings hair.
  • Get their own snack…which means dumping the entire bag of goldfish out on the floor and missing the container completely (and being so proud of themselves!)
  • Find all the puzzles in the entire house and mix all the pieces together in one gigantic pile. 
  • Cover themselves with Vaseline.
  • Smear diaper cream all over their hair.
  • Eat eight cookies for breakfast.
  • Pull out all the Kleenex in the box and throw them around the house and pretend it is snow 
  • Take off all their clothes and play outside in the sandbox. 
  • Drink all the water out of the dog dish….and eat handfuls of dog food.
  • “Clean” the outside of the car with sandpaper. Yep…this really happened.
  • Empty out the entire garbage can on to the living room carpet to see what is in there.
  • Dump out every Lego set you have and mix them all together. Kills me to think about all the money spent on sets.
  • Make an art project with super glue.
  • Put tanning cream all over their hands thinking it is lotion. 
Yikes! What a disaster. It’s inevitable. If you are not watching them at every waking moment, something WILL get destroyed

Good luck to you!
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23 comments:

  1. The lego! Always the lego! The tanning did make me laugh. Look on the positive, they didn't cover their faces with it ;-) #FridayFrolics

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  2. Ah yes, I remember it all so well and thank goodness they are older and past that stage now. I had the downstairs bathroom flooded when I put the rubbish out, crayon all over the dining room, and face paint on a cream coloured carpet, to name but a few. They eventually grown out of it, until then, good luck x

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    1. It's exhausting! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Sounds like never a dull moment in your house! I remember once when my 2 year old had a Sharpie in his hand and I thought "I need to take that away" but I was distracted, and two seconds later he had drawn a line all the way down the hall wall! Cheers from kidcandoodle

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    1. NEVER a dull moment for sure. Damn Sharpie's. They are the worst!

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  4. You are so right! Sometimes it's like time stands still for them to get up to untold mischief while you can't even get 2 things finished. My kids are (mostly) past the "make a giant mess in 60 seconds" stage, but even so strange things can happen in that long long minute!
    #EatSleepBlogRT

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  5. my girls were amazing, my son however managed to do so much damage! Coloured our walls, the sofa, the tiles and more lol #mg

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    1. All three of mine have been little tornadoes. Always getting into something! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. We are in the lego phase where all these small bits are everywhere. Oh and it is so painful to accidentally stand on!! OW

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    1. Legos are the worst! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. OMG I probably shouldn't be laughing. I wish I could do my housework with toddler power I'd be amazingly fast. I once had a pupil cut their hair! Thank you for linking up to #EatSleepBlogRT

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    1. If only we had that energy! Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Wow! You sound like you have your hands full. You must be terrified to let them out of your sight. #mg

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  9. I went for a wee and came back to find the light had been turned on in the living room. He's not tall enough so I have no idea how he did it! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

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  10. Ha ha, you're right they are definitely never this quick any other time. The tissue thing is my daughters favourite x
    #Mg

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  11. My Son ate Vaseline, Smeared his skin with hair gel, thrown car keys in the bin...and what not in less than a minute. OMG these kids. #mg

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    1. Keep us on our toes, that is for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

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