Angel on Overtime

We've got a professional level escapee on our hands--what do you do with a kid who's ready to bolt?
Author:
Updated:
Original:
Time Out

Tonight I thought I heard something in my hallway. I got up, looked, checked the stairs to the second floor, but there was nothing there. And why would there be? Our front door was locked and the kids had been in bed for two hours.

A few minutes later I heard my front door close. I bounded into the foyer and found my 4-year-old son in his undies walking in from the outside.

10:30pm.

What?

When pressed for a reason, ANY reason, he couldn’t give me one. He probably just wanted to see what was going on out there. Or to look at the flowers. Who knows!?

This one has been keeping his guardian angel busy lately. A couple weeks ago I had terrible food poisoning. Food poisoning isn’t great ever, but at 9 months pregnant, it’s even worse. I was nearly catatonic. My husband was upstairs working in his office. I noticed, through the haze, my father’s car pull up outside and this same 4-year-old hop out.

Turns out that he’d left the house and tried to walk a half mile away, through our peaceful neighborhood towards a busy road to get to a local gas station. Just took off. His grandpa happened to leave early that day and spotted the wayward child almost as he reached the roundabout at the busy road. If I hadn’t of been so sick, I would have been a wreck--I guess I was just a different wreck.

You hear those stories on the news of a kid wandering down the highway, or found by herself near a grocery store. And we all think "Tsk, tsk, where is that child's mother?" You guys, I think I have that kid--I AM THAT MOTHER.

To answer your question: yes, he’s quick, quiet, independent, and can manage our deadbolt by himself.

I think I need to get one of those slide locks with a chain for the top of our door, right?

Have you had escapees at your house? How do you handle an independent child who thinks they can just take off whenever they get the urge? Any advice on corralling a child that doesn’t include a cage, some sort of chain, or a tracking device?

Related

baseball boy

You're Doing Too Much

Are you screwing up your child's chance of future happiness by making them too happy now?

sleepy hollow headless horseman

I Hate Scary Movies

I don’t like scary movies. I really don’t. I don’t think it’s fun to be scared. It’s stupid.

girl or boy with toy

Ready for the Genderless Baby?

By now you may have heard about the Toronto parents who are raising a “genderless” baby, unwilling to divulge if their third child is a boy or a girl...

Martin_Luther_King_Jr

Talking to Kids about Martin Luther King Jr.

Kids are remarkably perceptive, and with your input, they can deal appropriately with the differences they see--learning to see differences as normal, not as something that determines a person's value.

fotohok.blogspot.com

A Third Child? Time to Step it Up!

I’d heard from so many people that the third baby is when things really start to go nuts around the house. You know the stories: man-on-man defense to zone; rubber meeting road; three is the hardest. I think they're right...

iStock_000010499978XSmall

Dealing with Tricky Halloween Requests

Gone are the days of pumpkin and bee costumes. Now, the bloodier the disguise, the better. And your kids would much rather trick-or-treat sans parents...

Time out

Decode Your Child's Split Personality

Why it's good for kids to display their best behavior for others and reserve the tantrums just for mom.

blackfish movie and moms

"Stop Taking Kids to SeaWorld" Blackfish and the Rise of Moms Saying No to SeaWorld

I'm not an animal rights person, but at what point do you say that an animal shouldn't be kept in small pens and made to perform tricks for our kids? A new film, Blackfish, about the killer SeaWorld whale, has us asking the question.