Tool man Denver

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Updated Wednesday, February 26, 2014 1:22 pm

Oh mercy, Denver...

I am really struggling with the best way to parent Denver. He is so crafty and creative. The wheels are always turning in his brain. I just cannot figure out the best way to allow him to be himself without allowing him to destroy our home.

For Christmas, Santa brought Denver several power tools and a set of best handy man tools. He was thrilled! Eric went out and bought him some wood. Denver promptly began building his own clubhouse. It has four walls, a roof and a door with hinges. He did it all by himself. I was rather impressed, since he is only seven. When he builds with the right materials I am all for it. It is when he uses the wrong things that I worry...

The boysí room had plantation blinds over their window. Now the boys room doesnít have any window treatments because Denver used them as a canopy over his bed. He strung them from the window to the closet door, using ribbon. He then tied a sheet to them. Creating a complete curtain around his bed with the plantation blinds as the roof. When I saw that contraption, part of me was really impressed. The other part was really irritated that the very expensive blinds were now broken.

Last Saturday I looked into the back yard and saw a hammer swinging from the playhouse part of our swing set. It was attached with a piece of rope and was really just swinging in the wind. When I asked Denver why the hammer was like that he said that ďit was an automatic hammer.Ē According to him, he was using wind power to hammer nails into the wood. Brilliant idea, until the wind blows the hammer into his head.

Nothing strikes fear in my heart more than hearing Denver ask for an extension cord. That means something is about to go down. Denver clipped several pants hangers to a sheet, hung them from the ceiling fan. He then plugged in his iPad, and using a box with a hole cut out and a toilet paper roll attempted to create a movie projector. It didnít work but he tried.

Just like the time he tried to make a símores oven using tin foil, a box and a lamp. It didnít make any símores, but the idea was great.

While his ideas are always great, the execution is often sketchy. I donít want to stifle his creativity, what if he is on the verge of creating a self cleaning house and that invention never happens because I wouldnít give him a roll of duct tape? We all would suffer. Right now all that is suffering is my house. For now Iíll take one for the team, but I donít know how much longer I can hold out.

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