Thursday, March 12, 2009

Losing his mind

Cameron's been on kind of a destructive jag lately. First there was the television. Then, a few days ago, I noticed some scratches and gouges on the top of our new table. (I finally found one. I'll have to do a post about it another time. I was pretty surprised at where I found it.) I asked him what he did to scratch the table and why. He said he thought there was something stuck to it and tried to get it off. Now, the answer to the million dollar question: What did you use to get the "stuff" off? He took a pencil that didn't have any eraser in the top and used the metal to try and scrape off whatever he thought was on the table. Argh! It made perfect sense to him.

He got sent to bed early for trying to clean off the table. He had to wait for me for a few minutes to make up his bed before he could get into it. While waiting, he found a metal knitting needle from who knows where, and used it to poke a couple of holes in the top of a card table we keep in their room. I guess he needed a little entertainment. They use the table to build Lego's and draw and various other things. I happened to glance over at him just as he poked the needle in for the second time. I immediately screamed at him to stop. He jumped and tried to cover up the evidence. I was so fed up with things, I basically picked him up, threw him on his bed and stormed out of the room. I went back in later to discuss things with him. I, of course, asked him "Why?" again. Why did he feel like he had to/could ruin things? Didn't he realize that what he was doing was bad? Didn't he realize that what he was doing was going to be damaging? I was trying my hardest to be kind and understanding. Here was his reply: "Well, sometimes, when I start doing something, I start having a lot of fun and then when I'm having a lot of fun I kind of lose my mind and forget to stop doing things and then I end up wrecking something and how come when I'm having fun no one else is."

10 comments:

The Boob Nazi said...

yikes the metalish thing on the end of the pencil???? yikes!

Michelle said...

He makes a very valid point. Why don't you all join in on the fun? You know what they say. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. haaahahaha.

SO said...

My 9 year old has gone through this phase we had to pay for windows because of it and beautiful permanent marker drawing on my downstairs wall. My six year old has too there is a lovely scratched in drawing on the top of my coffee table courtesy of her. It's rough. There has been screaming but we talk with them and talk with them and scream a bit more and I think they may finally have grasped it, but I can't be sure.

Good luck.

Lisa said...

See...if it were my kid I'd think something else was going on (bothering her) and would (attempt) get to the bottom of it. Normal kid....I am clue.less.

Sorry....

Holly said...

Ughh. So sorry you are having to deal with all of this. I must say though, He did a good job putting it in words as I'm sure that's how he feels, of course, that doesn't make it any easier. Sometimes I think I spend half the day going "HELLO! What exactly do you think you are doing???"

Jo said...

I am sorry, I am totally laughing at his excuse. Bad fun can be really fun at times.

Rosie and Derek said...

Oh I'm so sorry! I do not react well when my kids decide to damage things. And I think I would go beserk if it was something new!!

Happy Wanderers said...

I have one of those!!! (destructive kids) I love it when they try to cover it up when you catch them! Like I didn't see it before, and if I haven't already, do they think I'll just not notice the mural on the wall with sharpie markers, crayons and pens???

Bobie said...

Poor Cameron!! Everyone is trying to ruin his FUN!!

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