Have you ever been locked out? By your kid?
Mariam Taguchi shared one of her favorite parenting stories with me. She took her oldest daughters to her niece’s baby shower while her husband, Derek, stayed home to look after 23-month-old Noelle, who was too rambunctious to take along.
Frantic Phone Call
While Mariam was enjoying herself at the shower, she received a frantic call from hubby, who had run to the neighbor’s to use their phone. Derek had stepped out front for a moment. Noelle closed the door and locked him out.
“She’s in the house crying and crying,” he told Mariam. “You have to come home NOW.”
“Stay calm,” Mariam said, then told him where she hid the extra key.
Not What He Expected
By the time Derek got inside the house, he found a mess in the kitchen. Noelle had spilled water from the dog’s dish all over the floor, in addition to throwing dog food everywhere.
He then discovered his free-spirited toddler had taken off her clothes and was running through the halls, screaming with laughter, which Derek had mistaken for hysterical crying!
What are your thoughts? Have you ever been locked out? Do you have a parenting or grandparenting memory or another story you’d like to share?
If you’re not a parent, memories from your own childhood count, too!
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