Dad Gets Locked Out – Parenting Plights & Delights

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.

Lynn Kelley, locked out, Parenting Plights & Delights

“She’s in the house crying and crying,” he told Mariam. “You have to come home NOW.”

Lynn Kelley, locked out, Parenting Plights & Delights

“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!

Lynn Kelley, locked out, Parenting Plights & Delights

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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6 Responses to Dad Gets Locked Out – Parenting Plights & Delights

  1. Pambelina says:

    That’s pretty funny! The poor dad…probably still panics when a door is shut behind him. Glad it had a good ending 🙂

  2. I bet he never stepped out again without his keys!

    • You’re right, Alex. I’m willing to bet he kept his keys on him after that whenever he was in charge of the kids. Those are the moments that age us in leaps and bounds! Thanks for visiting!

  3. I’ve been locked out before, but by my dad, not my kid! We have a combination lock, so we often don’t carry keys. But if someone locks the deadbolt, that’s a problem. Luckily, the garage also has a combination lock, and a ladder was inside that we could use to get in an upstairs window that was unlocked.

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