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The 2 year old could have been helping paint, playing with toys nearby, watching tv nearby, etc. She was probably doing something and as soon as mommy left she decided to okay with the paint. It's not that she was "running loose". She was obviously close enough to OP that she was watching her while she was painting the room. I won't be too hard on you guys for it since most of you are probably in high school and don't know what it's like raising kids. But I'll just throw out there that you don't lock them up...
while it does depend on the 2year old, most would at least stop for a second to look at you while you're telling them not to do something, and in cases like that I can think of a few things to say that'd get most two year olds to stop. no dessert no more toys or tv or you could bribe them some 2year olds may still do it, but most two year olds don't need to be physically stopped from doing something and if they do it might be time to question whether or not you're being too leniant with them.
bullshit doc. spankings hurt right? only given out after the child has done something wrong? and I'm pretty sure that even dogs learn how to associate to actions with each other. I find discomfort a much more understandable means than a time out. how does a two year old even understand that standing in a corner is a bad thing?
You could have stopped her, put you'd have painted a brown stripe on your carpet . . . which would be less lovely than the drawing.
I'm trying to figure out why you would let a 2 year old loose in a hazardous part of the house that more than likely is oozing with paint fumes. Not to mention toddlers like to touch everything, wet paint not being an exception. I don't know your home life or the reasoning behind letting a 2 year old loose but it seems obvious to me that the best time to paint would be "nap-time" - Or, asking a friend to take the kid out to the park for the day. . .Hell, even paying a High School kid to babysit. . .Don't need much credentials when you're home and just hiring somebody to watch her in other areas of the house.
It really bothers me when people who obviously have no children feel like they can accurately judge a parent's situation. Especially from a short paragraph. That said, I have a kid & I agree with the points you made. However, there are probably a million details to this situation that could explain why it resulted in such disaster. ie; perhaps OP did indeed hire a high school kid to watch her two-year-old, and said kid was too busy sexting or twitting, or whatever kids do these days, and let the babe get out of sight. You never know man. Wow, I'm long-winded.
I'm pretty sure such would be in the FML. . . As in ". . .the babysitter didn't help." Do I have kids? no I don't have any of my own, but I don't see how that changes the situation. . .on top of even declaring that I am unaware of the OPs situation. However, not having kids doesn't change my common sense. . . It's not like I came out here saying "OMFG YOU NEWB OP YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER" - Are you really telling me if you needed to paint your bedroom [which implies she lives in a place that has other rooms] you would let your toddler run around unopposed in such an area that is completely dangerous for such a small child?. . .probably not.
I would let my child help me paint the room. It's a good parent-child activity. You just make sure everything that could pose a hazard is gone, and use safe paint. More and more paint companies are making house paint that doesn't have all the chemicals and fumes in it so it's not hard to find. And besides, how many of us grew up exposed to things that are now deemed "harmful" and don't have any problems? Christmas lights come with a lead warning now and we all helped put them up growing up (unless you don't celebrate Christmas). We all slept in drop side cribs which are now illegal. We're too overprotective these days and each generation is becoming sissier and sissier. Sorry. End rant.
"don't put X-mas lights in your mouth" is far different than "Open all windows and fumigate area properly due to extreme smells and fumes that could make an ADULT lightheaded and dizzy." It's not about letting your kid not run around the house unopposed and hate when I see little kids confined to small areas, but, sometimes it's for a safety reason. You guys can let your 2 year olds paint with you [even if it's a safe paint] but you're asking for trouble when you give a 2 year old something that is far worse than the typical "Crayons on walls" as a medium for their creativity.