Yesterday's casualties of hands-off parenting:
1. couch upholstery after milk was shaken from bottles,
2. bright green comforter cover and pillowcases, orange fitted sheet after early childhood artistic expression involving old peach-hued lipstick inherited from my mother,
3. old peach-hued lipstick (see above),
4. container of chocolate powder,
5. "Leo & Popi" DVD (very annoying kid's show, so this is more of a blessing),
6. bathroom rug after toilet brush was used to clean the toilet, the floor and the walls (I assume, I wasn't there),
7. my sanity.
On the other hand, during the periods between moments of destruction, they:
1. had tea together,
2. did puzzles,
3. looked at books and
4. played cars in the toy garage.
So although the destruction sum is higher than that of peaceful activities, and my sanity is a precious price to pay, I think we've got a good balance here. They've learned how to entertain themselves and that's going to last. Eventually they will also learn NOT to play with the toilet brush, lipstick, chocolate powder and milk. Or at least they'll hopefully learn to clean up their messes before I find them.