Yesterday we went over our friends' house for a BBQ. They have twin 2 year old boys that are, well, rambunctious, to say the least. They are constantly running, pushing, shoving, scratching, biting--you name it. Our friends are also, by no means, helicopter parents and tend to leave the kids unattended far more than I would be comfortable with. Like I wouldn't step outside to smoke for 10 minutes and leave two 2 year olds loose. Anyway, this is not really the judgment part, I'm just trying to paint a picture that these kids are very active, tend to hurt one another often and it usually occurs when an adult is in another room or out of sight (which is quite often). The friends just had the interior of their house painted and I noticed that they had removed the baby gate that went across their basement stairs (our houses have open stairwells to the basements-- no doors). I came inside to get a break from the sun and her kids were having a party in front of the stairs and I caught one of them right before he started to push the other one. When I asked if they were putting the gate back up, they were like "No, they're usually pretty good about staying away from the stairs when we tell them to." Did I mention this was seconds after I saved one kid from falling down the freakin' stairs? And, of course, no one was watching them? She claimed the gate damages the wall so it just wasn't worth it. (WTF?!)
I guarantee you that one of those kids is going to fall down the stairs by the end of this month. I know I shouldn't care that much but it drives me nuts because it's such a simple safety measure.