Guess what my DD did?

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Guess what my DD did?
Wed, 06-18-2003 - 11:38am
Right after the garbage truck emptied our trash, she went outside and rolled the big can all the way (uphill!) back to the garage. She came back in the house and proudly announced what she had just done and that this was her new chore.

Uhhhh....except for one problem: SHE'S NOT ALLOWED TO GO OUTDOORS WITHOUT US!!!! So after making that clear (again. for the what...the 799th time???) we thanked her and took her to wash her hands. Dh went to get another lock for the door. A deadbolt that requires keys on both sides, just like at our old house. (DS left his baseball bag near the door. She pushed it over and stood on it to reach all the locks.)

She is such a sneaky little thing. Right next to ya one minute and OUTSIDE the next. *sigh*


DS-07/95 & DD-04/99

and her two "whirlwinds"
     DS-13 & DD-9

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 12:06pm
Boy, they can be quick and sneaky!

Hollyann did a trash trick on us, too, a few weeks ago......except she decided to bring the trash can back to the garage BEFORE the trashmen came!! UGH! We didn't notice this until that afternoon, so we had quite a bit of trash by the following week! ROFL


Hollyann(5 1/2yo), Tristan(7yo)

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 2:23pm
That sure sounds like the lil headstrong Miss Audrey we have all come to love, LOL!!!!!


Laura SAHM to Emily 9.4, Jordan 4.6 and Carys 6wks

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 2:56pm
Ah ha! She found a way to be outside without you! By doing something helpful, she is praised for being out there and she gets her way! Sneaky girl!

It's good that you praised her and encouraged good behavior, but make sure you still keep an eye on her since your rule is not to be outside without an adult!

Loving wife to David (3-2

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 11:06pm
Hee Hee!

That's a good one! (Or will be once she's older and you can tell it without wincing...)

My DD (4.5) is now able to open outside doors, including unlocking, and we have had discussions of how she is NEVER EVER to do this unless a grownup says it's time. But she does forget - fortunately it's just been when we really are going out, but it is a whole new discussion each time, that she has to wait until she is explicitly told it's time to leave. *Sigh*

A quick suggestion: those locks that take keys on the inside are good, since someone can't come and break the glass & unlock the door. But you don't want to be locked in the house in an emergency. My dad took the key to the door at their house and hung it on a very stretchy elastic band from the top of the door frame. That way it's out of sight from outside, and out of reach of little ones, but right there if an adult needs it. Handy and safer.

Good luck!

Jennifer & Alex, Robin 4.5 & Julia 2

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Thu, 06-19-2003 - 11:55am
Wow, thought my kids were the only ones! I am torn right now...Put a lock up high where he can't reach it or just keep trying to teach him to stay in.

I am concerned to put a lock up high b/c he wouldn't be able to get out in case of a fire or other emergency. If I don't put a lock on he will continue to go outside and let his little sister outside.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 06-21-2003 - 10:16am
I remember when Tre was a toddler, and we were living in Georgia. He wanted to visit his "Titi Pat" next door, and opend the sliding glass door (that was so heavy, I STILL don't know how he did it) went across the patio, to her yard. She was rolling, and I was fuming. I think I was embarrassed that he could without me notiving it, KWIM? Anyway, it's good to see other determined children in the world! LOL!!

Janet =)

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