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19 days ago

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Behaviour - How to get writing off furniture and important documents?

Has anyone solved the conundrum of perpetual scribbling on innocent hard to recover surfaces? We were finally thinking that the house was safe. We can paint and make things nice again, we said. Perhaps put in easy to manage flooring, refresh the wall paint, design and update the rooms. But alas, our homegrown Banksy has struck again. And she now signs her work proudly with her name on top of it, so there is no question on who did it. We have bought those markers that only colour on special paper to meet her artistic needs safely. The pens and such are normally hidden. But she can now parkour to their hiding spots and has a keen eye for anything poking out of dad’s work bag while on his way out the door. I had work out with a pen just yesterday and had to quickly answer the door. Then, I returned to a series of eights in a floral pattern over my draft. Every time I think maybe, just maybe, she has grown out of it… I tell her about the financial and time consequences for parents or to be mindful that Santa Claus is still working out his list with his ability to see *everything*. She gets it, apologises, but will strike at any further opportunity. We have all kinds of art alternatives so she can still create on appropriate surfaces. There just doesn’t appear to be a consequences (loss of game time, time out) or plea that dissuades her in a sneaky moment. She will even bring in colouring contraband from school to “decorate”.
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19 days ago

I would try gumption first. It’s always been my go to. Apparently glen 20 works to remove permanent maker on walls?

19 days ago

We have used a few things but there is always a faint discolouration left behind and the wall paint can only take so much scrubbing. I will try the lockbox idea below and see how we go. Then place easy to reach markers that only show on special paper and that paper for when she feels inspired to draw on furniture.

19 days ago

On a similar boat. My son’s school has a daily sign in ritual, where they encourage students to write/sign their names on a whiteboard. Though our son didn’t show interest at first, he is now eager to scribble his name everywhere. So we got one of those Lockable boxes (transparent one, that you can lock with numbers) from Amazon and that’s the best investment we made. We now have dedicated times that we play with writing. We are not there yet, but progressing. At least, our son asks (helps with speech delay, encouraging to speak) for them, and we take that time to play with him. We also got another box to store all the medicines away. Not sure if I can share the link here. Its called LockaBox One.

19 days ago

I can’t help with your mini Picasso. Our 8 year old son is helping his dad fix all the walls in the house next week. So he’ll be learning plastering and not playing. Both us and his psychologist hope that will be more impactful than repercussions or explanations and if he likes it I suppose he’s learnt a new skill! Could your daughter help clean it off?

19 days ago

Tried that too. She is not physically capable of cleaning it off, but we have her sit nearby while we clean it off and let her know that we could be playing outside with her or doing something fun if we weren’t having to undo her “art”. Seems to be an impulsivity. I am going to try the lockbox suggestion.

19 days ago

Oh goodness this is a tricky one! Sending love and strength Mumma! I'm not sure what to advise here tbh but I hope you find a solution sooner rather then later xxx

19 days ago

Behaviour - How to get writing off furniture and important documents?
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