My youngest son is 15-months old, and he might be the most destructive kid on the planet. It is important to note that I think he is adorable, because that is his guise. He woos me with his eyes, and he destroys my mood with his actions.
These photos are a prime example of what at-home dads will encounter on a daily basis. There is no way to prepare, fellas. You just have to roll with it and try to think ahead whenever possible.
Sam was out of my sight for approximately four minutes, and he managed to raid the pantry area and create a pool of Alfredo sauce on the floor. Note the lid to the jar in his hands, and the look of complete satisfaction on his face.
Pay homage to his work. He's not even two years old, and he's already a fifth-degree black belt in creating havoc.
Let’s analyze his effort for a minute. This is an untouched and unused jar of Alfredo sauce. My son - about 12-months-old at the time - not only got into the pantry, but also managed to loosen the lid by himself and pour it on the kitchen floor. Sometimes my wife has trouble opening these lids, so you can imagine my surprise to see Sam enjoying the fruits of his labor in this situation.
If any lesson can be gleaned here, it’s that at-home dads need to be constantly aware of what is baby-proofed in the house, and what isn’t. There is actually a latch on our pantry, but it wasn’t tightened. And this was my reward.
I spend about 50 percent of my days trying to keep things out of Sam’s reach, and/or taking things away when he gets them. You can imagine what it was like with the Christmas tree ornaments, but I’m talking about a child who takes plastic outlet covers off and chews on them. I guess that’s his way of giving me the finger.
By the way, Sham-Wow (www.ShamWow.com) didn’t do much for this mess. I used some paper towels and a dirty t-shirt. Worked like a charm.