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My Toddlers Locked Me Out

By Danielle |

Ha Ha Ha... Really not so much!

I took on the grocery store with three children in tow on Thursday. All was fun and games till it came time to unload my mini-van.

Since we live on a semi-busy main road I escorted the boys to the house, turned on the TV in the living room and explained to them, like they had not heard it 80,000 times before that they needed to wait in the house, safely, while I unloaded the car.

The first two loads of bags I had to repeat to them to go back into the living room. Well on the third trip back to the house… I got to the screen door, went to open it… and it was locked.

They had locked the screen door, and were both sitting there on the other side of the door giggling.

I have to admit at first I let out a little giggle myself because they are extremely clever, and mildly hysterical when they put their minds together, especially to plot against me.

But then they started walking back to the living room…

Ha… ha… ha!  Nice joke guys… now come on and unlock the door… No seriously… It isn’t funny anymore… unlock the door.

The best part of it all is the fact that no matter what, there simply is no key to that door because it is a simple screen door.

After they realized they were slowly gaining momentum onto the naughty list once I composed myself and put on my serious mommy face, they unlocked the door with ease.

Then came the lecture about how they should never lock that door, or play that game with Mommy ever again. In the back of my head as I said those words, I thought to myself for your own damn safety because next time I won’t laugh about it!

Life with toddlers is never dull right?

photo: bourgouin

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5 thoughts on “My Toddlers Locked Me Out

  1. doreen says:

    I think every child has done this to an adult, don’t tell them you are locked out and don’t get upset. Calmly tell them they are locked IN. Bam that door is unlocked in seconds. Works like a charm all the time. Did it with my own, kids in the family, friends kids and had other adults take my advice. The locks are unlocked instantly.

  2. Marie says:

    I enjoyed the time the babysitter locked us out. She was napping, the kid was in bed, and so she locked the doors… but we live in the middle of nowhere and never lock the doors, so had no keys. Whoops!

  3. Mama C says:

    Doreen’s idea is awesome!

  4. Melanee says:

    When my son was about 2 he did that to me. I had food in the oven and ran out to get the mail. When I got back to the door the deadbolt was locked and I couldn’t get him to figure out how to unlock it. We lived in a 2 story house and thank goodness the back door into the living room was open cuz my nice neighbor used a ladder to climb up to the balcony on the second floor climb over it…and go into the house so he could walk through to open the front door. I was mortified… And my son just stood there with his bippy in his mouth and lovey in his arms totally not understanding what happened.

  5. Christine says:

    With two teenagers in the house who tend to lose, forget or temporarily misplace house keys, we’ve changed to a keypad entry on the garage door and no one has a house key. Scratch that … I have a house key. I’m the only one. And the front door and garage door have different locks (had to change the locks when house keys went missing).

    My daughter has recently discovered the locks, but doesn’t fully understand what they do. She locks herself in our bedroom constantly, but that’s easy to undo as one only needs a key to unlock from the outside.

    One day, however, she was playing with the doors and locked the deadbolt on the garage door. We got into the garage, but then couldn’t get into the house. And the front door was also locked. Had it been my husband or teenagers arriving home and not me, they would’ve surely been locked out. I fear it will happen someday when she thinks she’s being funny.

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