Monkey Boy smashes holes in his bedroom wall/door when he is stressed. He currently has 2 large holes - one through to the breeze block and the other is on a partition wall and goes all the way through to the bathroom. We have rammed a towel in the latter hole to protect people's dignity. However we really do need to get it fixed as he just smashes the same area and it's too easy for him to make the hole bigger. Also obviously this is horrible for the rest of family and guests. We know that he will smash holes again - we have repaired this area before. So we want to repair the hole in a way that will make it harder for him to smash through the bathroom. That way no one else is impacted. Picture attached - although the hole is now about half as big again as shown when the picture was taken. Any ideas??
Mum to DS, Jealous Dog (13) and DS, Monkey Boy (11), married to Rundad
Sorry to hear this. Sounds very stressful for you all.. I’m not a diy-we so this may be a really stupid idea, but I was wondering if there was something you could screw in to attach over the outside of the wall in key places (like where it goes through to the bathroom). When we moved in Dd had a large bit of painted hardwood painted in chalkboard paint... huge, weighed a tonne, very sturdy... attached to her wall by previous owners. Don’t know if that’s an idea or a soft play type wall pad that can be kicked/ rub against and not break...
Mummy to DD Squirrel Monkey (9), DD Howler Monkey (8), DS Curious George (7), DS Silverback (not quite 1)
Oh dear, poor Monkey boy and poor you, we have door slamming and blocking toilet with toilet paper here when stressed, (not by me I hasten to add!) I think Choti's idea of a soft play wall pad has something going for it, something he can punch and kick but not break. It's always a challenge to find something they can do to release the hurt/anger/stress that is satisfying enough but without damaging themselves or the house, I have recently started to allow some swearing, F word mainly as it seems to help Peewit in particular to say it to express how angry he is...but he still needs to slam the doors and break locks.
Mum to DD Lapwing (11) & DS Peewit (10) Married to Mr Mudlark