A MUM has revealed that she was forced to put a lock on her fridge after her cheeky kids constantly raided it – and left her house covered in butter.
For the past 18 months Christie Solomon, from Townsville, Australia, has seen her sons, Noah, four, and Tanner, three, attack the fridge several times a day.
Speaking to Kidspot she said: “As soon as I turn my back, like to go to the bathroom or put a load of washing on, they go straight for the fridge, all the time.”
Christie, 39, who works from home in her own business, will spend much of her day preparing three filling, nutritious meals for her kids, plus three or four snacks in between.
But it doesn’t seem to make a difference to her two determined toddlers.
“I can just finish giving them a big breakfast, and five minutes later there would be punnets of strawberries and cherry tomatoes out, a half a dozen apples, and they take one or two bites out of each and throw them on the floor,” sighs Christie.
“Or they’ll take a few bite marks out of a one-kilogram block of cheese. One day I made two punnets of chocolate-covered strawberries and I came back to the room and their faces were covered in chocolate. They’d eaten most of them.”
One day, Noah and Tanner pulled a tub of sour cream out of the fridge and smeared it all over a couch.
The boys’ most loved item in the fridge to get their hands on just happens to be the hardest to clean: butter.
“The boys can’t get enough of it – that’s what they get 90 percent of the time,” complains Christie.
“They scoop it out with their hands and put it all over their faces, in their mouths and all over the floor. I have to put them straight in the bath after.”
Even Noah and Tanner’s elder siblings Shia, eight and Mckayla, six, have tried to encourage the boys to stay away from the fridge.
“They never did this, so when the younger ones started, it completely took me by surprise,” says Christie, who hopes her youngest, Jonah, won’t be following in his brothers’ mischievous footsteps.
When warnings continuously failed to have any impact, Christine and her husband Terry knew they had to take action, so they threaded a hanging basket chain through the handle of their fridge and secured it with leftover curtain rings.
“They couldn’t figure out how to get it off, which was great at the time,” Christie quips.
It did cause the rest of the family a great deal of frustration, however, in having to undo the chain and replace it every time they opened the fridge.
The solution didn’t last long, and the desperate parents were soon back to square one when the fridge seal and door shelves became broken from the kids being rough when they opened and slammed it shut.
When they purchased another fridge, Christie struggled to keep the kids out of it as it wasn’t able to be locked like the other one as it didn’t have handles.
“The kids had gotten into the fridge for the third time in a day and I went into the shed and found a tie-down strap,” the quick-thinking mum explains.
Christie and Terry thought they were onto a winner by strapping the fridge shut and attaching the strap to a doorknob – until their four-year-old proved he was much smarter.
“We did them as tight as we could, but Noah had figured out how to shift the straps so they go in between the fridge and freezer,” she says.
So Christie and Terry had to up their game and spent £8 ($15) at Bunnings to attach locks to both the fridge and freezer.
“If I’m in the room, I can leave it unlocked, but if I leave the room, it definitely gets locked up,” says Christie, who recently posted on a local mums Facebook group hoping for alternatives.
With the toddlers waking up earlier than everyone else, often as early as 5.30am, Christie says she has to make sure the fridge is locked when she and Terry turn in for the night.
“We forgot a couple of times and luckily remembered to do it on the way to the bathroom in the middle of the night because if we didn’t, there would be food everywhere when we woke up,” she says.
The kids don’t just attack the fridge. Christie and Terry have had to put child locks on the kitchen cupboards that contain food and cordial, too.
“They pulled the cordial out and poured it all over the lounge, so we had to actually screw the child locks onto the cupboard because they managed to rip off the normal velcro fastening,” she says.
Storing snacks in overhead cupboards and hanging baskets aren’t an option anymore as little Noah kept stacking bowls and cups to help him reach them, so his parents needed to remove that temptation for his safety.
There’s even a high-security back-up for the food that’s really off-limits.
“We are renovating, so we have a lockable toolbox in the kitchen and that has the biscuits and chips in it,” Christie says.
When the toddlers were raiding the fridge on a daily basis, Christie says it put the family’s food budget under enormous strain, having to spend between £110 to £137 ($200 and $250) each week just to feed the family of seven.
“With hubby in between jobs, we only have so much to last us each fortnight,” says Christie, who is self-employed as a hairstylist, nail technician and makeup artist.
“Since we’ve had the new locks, our spending on fruit and vegetables has gone right down.”
The tired mum is now looking forward to the completion of her new kitchen, which will have magnetic child locks on the cupboards and the fridge, which will be fully enclosed behind a pantry door.
“They won’t see any locks on the fridge, but they still won’t be able to get in,” she says.
This story was originally published on Kidspot and has been republished with permission.
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