Markers can ruin anything if you’re not careful.
So how do you stop your kids from writing on everything?
I was raised in a very traditional, do work, have respect, and do as your told household, so I know all about being a 90’s baby as well as the kids of today and how things have changed.
If I put a little smudge on the wall or any white surface, you can bet that I would be next in line to get the belt.
These days, things are a lot different, but I think it’s for the better.
No is Not Always The Answer
For most of us, I’m sure all we got was “no!”.
“Don’t touch that”.
“Don’t eat that”.
“Don’t do that”.
Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with it, but I just don’t see the need for everything to be off limits.
For most kids, they really only do things they’re not supposed to do simply because they know they can’t do it.
This doesn’t make them a bad kid and it definitely doesn’t constitute for a naughty kid either.
A lot of us were all probably “naughty” kids but as a parent in this day and age, I think it was more of a learning experience and I can now use it to my advantage.
Kids Will be Kids
Parents are busy, I get it.
These days, they’re most likely a lot busier than ever, just trying to make ends meet.
Coming home to a house that is flipped upside down won’t make for a happy parent, but I do want to give you a few pointers on what has helped me deal with my kids and their natural behavior.
Play with them!
That’s really the solution to dealing with any kid to be honest.
They all want attention and they will do whatever it takes to get it.
So when you come home from work all tired and beat, remember that you do have these little creations of yours that need some tender loving care.
Take a step back and look at what you’re doing because it most likely will be you saying “no, don’t do that”.
Change it up and get in there and be involved.
I can promise you that they will freakout and will need another way to be “naughty”.
No is not always the answer and sometimes we need to use technology to our advantage.
Welcome to the World of Washable Markers!
Rather than trying to say no to every single thing your kids are doing, make drawing and coloring on SOME things the exception.
For us, we have tiles, which is perfect for washable markers.
Of course we need those permanent markers to label things, but there’s no reason why they should be accessible to your kids.
Don’t scold your kid after they took a permanent marker and wrote on something and then leave the marker in the same exact place they got it in the first place.
Keep them in a drawer as I’m sure it isn’t something you will be using every single day.
I would say keep them in a pen cup like I do, but these brats of mine will find a way to get to them and that will only mean another disaster.
I’m not a teacher but I am a dad and I know exactly what motor skills are and how important it is to have your kids develop them at a young age.
I remember all my kids and how impressed I was at how they were able to hold a writing instrument and put it down on paper like they knew what they were doing.
Sure they probably learned by seeing their sibling or maybe even me do it, but for them to be able to do it at such a very young age is pretty amazing.
Let them write, color, and draw on their own and they will amaze you more than pissing you off.
Happy Baby = Happy Parent
Parenting is not the easiest thing especially if you’re a new parent, but it doesn’t mean that it has to be super complicated either.
The biggest thing you need to try not to do, is stress.
Kids will be kids and stressing out will only show them who’s not boss.
Use some of these tips in this post and I’m sure you will do more than just stop your kids from writing on the walls.
Remember that they will only be a kid for a very short time, so let them enjoy, enjoy them, and live a little.