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Fri, 04-15-2011 - 12:33pm

My husband built a beautiful fence around our yard

Rachel
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In reply to: megabucks2008
Fri, 04-15-2011 - 6:20pm
Hi Rachel! That's a tough situation. I would probably take him in the house as soon as you see him attempt to climb the house and tell him sternly "no climbing the fence". Just be firm and he'll soon realize that climbing the fence means the loss of outside privileges. It might be something you have to do when your husband is around so that you both can deal with the situation until he learns. Good luck!

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In reply to: megabucks2008
Fri, 04-15-2011 - 8:35pm
Not fun for you at all Rachel! I have to agree with Melissa about taking him inside immediately if he tries to climb the fence. Or maybe a time out because we all know that sitting still is THE WORST when you are only 2! ;-) The other thing is, if he is mature enough, would be to explain it from a safety standpoint. He could fall and get hurt climbing the fence, he could get lost or hurt once outside the fence, explain danger of cars if you are near the road, etc. Don't think I'm suggesting you terrify him but a little "scary" can go along way. Two years olds don't like boo-boos or being lost very much. Good luck to you! I hope you can find a way for everyone to enjoy nice weather and a great back yard.

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In reply to: megabucks2008
Fri, 04-15-2011 - 9:32pm

That's a hard one, Rachel!

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Mon, 04-18-2011 - 7:59am
Wow! I'm impressed that he can climb a fence that tall! I'm with the other ladies about bringing him inside. Landon is close in age to your son and I know a 2 minute time out really works. He hates having a time out and will avoid doing the same thing again if he knows that is what will happen if he tries it again (whatever "it" is). Good luck and let us know if you find something that works.

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In reply to: megabucks2008
Wed, 04-20-2011 - 7:54am

Hi Rachel!

When my ds was about that age, he learned how to open the gate in the backyard and came around to the front of the house and rang the bell to be let in. I'm glad you're keeping a good eye on him! We were able to fix it so he couldn't open the gate but I can't think of a way that you could keep yours from climbing. (They can be such stinkers at doing stuff like this sometimes!) Would it help to have some sort of a jungle gym or something he could climb on in the yard?