The ones we had took quite a bit of finger strength to open. If that doesn't
work bicycle locks are available. Of course maybe they'll pick it but that
might be a valuable skill for them down the road. ;-)
My youngest girl (now 19) was a monkey too. Once, while my wife was
in the shower, she climbed up onto the counter and playfully dropped
ALL the stemware onto the floor, just to watch each glass
We found a fix though: a "play penitentiary". We turned a play pen
upside down over her, while my wife showered.
I enjoyed the age that my children were grown, no longer feared
punishment and told me some of what they got away with. I still tell
one daughter (age 39) that I'm going to check her high school file to
see how many excuses for absences have my signature and how many were
forged...but now she has a teenager of her own, so justice has been
One chiller that still scares me was when she and girlfriend, both about
12, rode mopeds about 100 mi. on the interstate.
My brother and I once built a campfire in the woods that got out of
hand. We started to run away but went back and beat it out with our new
jackets. We were scared out of our minds and in leaving the woods saw a
whole line of fire trucks parked in the lot...holy god! Our dad's a
firefighter, he'll find out and WE ARE DEAD. Oooooohhh...it's only Fire
Prevention Day and they're just having a little show. Had to lie about
losing our jackets, and I'm sure my mom could smell smoke on us, but we
There are plenty of childproof gagets for cabinet doors that are mounted
on the inside of the cabinet and will leave no holes or damage that you
can see, unless you stick your head inside the cabinet. Just google
childproof cabinets and you will probably get a few thousand hits.
So let's not have anymore of this "I don't want to drill/permanently
attach anything to my new solid wood kitchen cabinets" crap...
You want some advice on this, take some pictures of your kitchen
cabinets showing the face frame detail as well as the doors and
whatever knobs or pulls you have installed and then maybe we
could offer you some actual advice... Post those pictures
somewhere on the internet and reply here with links to them...
We all know that you understand what your cabinets look
like, its just that most people aren't as good at describing
things as they think they are and my magical crystal ball
which magically lets me see what you are talking about
in your kitchen from thousands of miles away over the
internet is in the shop for magical repairs at the moment...
Otherwise really, stop wasting people's time and keep the lil tot
in a room with a closed door when you can't be fully attentive
to what they are doing...
To everyone (bit Evan), my sincere thanks for your constructive ideas
and helpful suggestions. I have further researched the magnetic latches
which were suggested, and they seem like a very viable alternative, and
one which I intend to implement here after I have purchased and tried a
couple in strategic places with my 20 month old grand-daughter.
To Evan, I can only say that your cranky, non-responsive reply
indicates you have a lot more free time than you have imagination or
willingness to help. I don't in any way whatsoever think that a photo
of a drawer or cabinet is slightly neccesary to solve this tremendously
complex problem I have presented.
To Evan, I will also point out that in helping other people on this
forum, I have taken the initiative to actually photograph specific
plumbing assistance for Kohler faucets and provided it to someone
seeking help, since in THAT situation a photo did indeed convey at
least a 1000 words. Your reply had nothing to offer, and you waste my
time as well as your own by replying in this manner on this or any
other forum or newsgroup.
Thanks once again to everybody else for your constructive assistance.
You said you didn't want to attach anything to your precious
cabinets which rules out about 90% of the off the shelf solutions,
I don't waste my time on giving advice in situations where someone
already knows what they *WON'T* do...
Without seeing what your situation is with my visual sense,
knowing what kind of knobs and pulls you have on your cabinetry
is sorta required information to be able to actually offer you
any advice which could be useful given the ideas you already
You don't like the "attitude" -- well don't be a douche and
reject the first answers you get like that when you really
didn't totally define your problem...
And if you have a problem with that, you can bite me...
Actually Evan, I happily accepted one of the first replies I received,
and your first reply which dismissed me question as "crap" offered no
solution whatsoever other that to complain that it was "wasting
To your "bite me" and "douche" follow up comments, I can only offer you
a simple "Go Fuck Yourself". Both of your replies have offered merely
criticism and absolutely nothing helpful.
Here's a novel concept. You claim to be babysitting, SO DO IT! Don't just
turn the brat loose while you doze off in the rocker. You're way too senile
to take on responsibility of watching lil ones. Those kids should be taken
from the parents, for letting you watch them. Then, the parents should be
sterilized, they're also too irresponsible for having kids.
Just worry about changing your own damn diaper!
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