ladyjake asks:

My daughter, her husband, and their 28 mo. old twin girls live with us. No matter how we try, we can't babyproof them! They are into everything!

The twins won't stay in bed at night or for naps.  My daughter has to stay in there with them because when no one is in the room, they climb into the top drawers of their dressers, throw everything out, and start dancing in the drawers!! No matter what we do, they don't listen.  If it was one child, it would be easier, but the two of them against us four adults is outrageous.  Time outs don't work.  We've tried everything.  Can you help??? They have taken over my condo!  They are afraid of nothing...jumping on the furniture, climbing on everything.  You name it, we tried it.  
In Topics: Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago



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You definitely have your hands full! All children this age do well with structure and routines. It is also important that all the adults who are parenting the children be on the same page with their discipline techniques. For more specific information, please go to our website for parents and caregivers:
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Karenmom writes:
4 adults, 2 toddlers, well, at least the adults do have them out numbered.  There is not a lot of detail in this question.  Do the children have a set routine?  It is important that children, especially toddlers have the same routine daily, time set to eat and time set for bed.  I believe that children that stick to a set routine naturally behave better, when it's bedtime, they are ready to go to bed.  A nightly ritual is helpful, bath, brush teeth, use potty, read story and night-night.  They should be calm and ready to sleep and not wanting to ambush the room if left alone.  Do the children stay at day care or with a sitter or with the Mother?  Children that stay with their Mother perform better and stay on a routine more likely than children that are left with the sitter, sitters tend to let the children take lengthy naps, which cause the children to be up later at night, diets?  Too much sugar intake also stirs up the rowdiness.  Do keep in mind that 28 months is in the "terrible two era" that will soon pass.  Time outs should be used carefully, 1 minute per age of child 2 years old = 2 minute time out and you may want to try separating the children at bed time (strength in numbers).  Good luck!
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