When you have children, specifically toddlers, if the house is too quiet you just know... they're up to no good. Mama Sara Wruck will have to agree.
Her family lives in a busy home in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. When you have three children, it can be hard to find a moment of peace and quiet. On the 5th of January, Sarah left her two-year-old son Eli and his little brother Ben in the living room. They were unattended for only five minutes whilst Sarah went to make some tea.
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When she heard some naughty giggles coming from around the house, she was shocked to find that Eli had been 'painting' their $3,000 TV. The 34-year-old mother to Oliver, Noah, and Eli was even more furious when she realized what her son had used for 'paint'.
She said: "They were both happily together in the living room watching a movie when I got up to start making dinner. I could hear that they were really quiet, and I know that when they're quiet something is going on. I asked them what they were doing, and I heard 'I'm painting!' and I just thought, 'oh no'. Their dad had left the nappy cream on the change table nearby, and Eli had gotten into it and smothered himself and the television with it.
"When I saw what happened, I screamed for my partner. He couldn't believe it. I was experiencing a combination of laughing and crying. I couldn't believe how much damage he'd done in such a little amount of time. I'd been gone less than five minutes."
It took over an hour to clean up Eli's mess. Sarah had to use dry cloths, detergent, and glass cleaner to scrub off the cream. Thankfully, the TV still worked as normal.
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Sarah said that "He loves art. He scribbled on the walls before with markers, and to him this was 'painting' and he seemed very proud of what he'd done. Nappy cream seems to be one of those things that toddlers just love to get into, I have no idea why.My partner took Eli and started wiping him off with tissues and then gave him a bath. I cleaned the TV, it wiped off with some dry cloth and then some dishwashing detergent followed by glass cleaner. It was over an hour of cleaning and I had no idea if it would work or not."
She continued: "Luckily, it turned on and everything was fine. But we'll put the cream up a bit higher from now on. You just never know with kids, and from what I've learned silence is the most dangerous thing."