My Son The Dare Devil (or How I Learned to Love Gray Hair)

IMG_4135 My son is only a year and three months, so he is still pretty little. Don’t let that fool you though, this kid is a dare devil. He started crawling early and started walking soon after that. Lately we have had the privileged to chase him around the house pulling him down and out of everything. There is no amount of baby proofing that can be done to keep this child contained. Alex has taken a liking to opening every cabinet he can get into. His favorite being the cabinet with all of our canned goods. He then will proceed to take all of the cans out and either throw them on the floor or make a nice line of them all. The sad part is that we have the cabinet locks on them. He figured them out pretty quickly and unless we put an actual lock on the cabinets he is getting into them. What are we going to do!

“…to him it’s FUNiture”

IMG_4140Alex also loves to climb on anything and everything. I have caught him on the kid’s table, counter top, bar stools, and even the high top kitchen table. He is a champion on figuring out how to get up. Not so much on getting down, which makes his climbing even more challenging. Once he is up he yells for help to get down. I would prefer he not even climb up to begin with but he doesn’t listen very well. I have gotten him to stop what he is doing with a loudĀ andĀ deep “What are you doing?”. That only works a third of the time. That leaves me with plenty of time to prevent a disaster. But it is tiring after the 54th time pulling him down from whatever obstacle he has climbed up on. What is a dad to do when his little boy is Spider-Manning over all of the furniture, or to him it’s FUNiture.

His antics have been causing some stress in the house. Mainly with just us adults. A few months ago we would have confined him in his excer-saucer, or his pack-n-play. Now a days unless we want to hear Alex caterwauling until we get him out of his prison we are basically stuck in this endless loop of baby bravery. What tips and tricks can you suggest for parents dealing with this type of situation? Our daughter Abby was nowhere near as ambitious as Alex. So we are open to any opinions. I just hope he doesn’t learn how to climb out of his crib.

Hi Daddy!


My name is Richie and I am a 39 year old father of two, a daughter and son. I am married to a beautiful woman named Destiny. She is the foundation of our family, and without her, none of this would be possible. During the day I work as a network security administrator for a local school district. At night I can be found illustrating books, working on websites, or creating music, but more than likely though I am spending time with my kids.

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