I considered not posting this, you know in case it jepordizes my parent of the year award ;) But, I am not winning any awards...so here goes...
Aidan and Morgan are 4 and 3 respectively. One of the reasons we chose this house was for the fenced in back yard. I wanted the kids to be able to play outside without me hovering over them. It also allowed for Noah to be able to play freely as well.
I will admit, I leave them outside for short periods of time. I can hear them through the window and check on them often. And it usually isn't for more then a few minutes at the time (See, told ya I wasn't winning any awards) But, I bought locks for the gates...so they can't get out.
Well today I learned that even if the gates are locked, the kids can still run away.
I went outside to grab Noah to check his diaper and brought him inside. I then decided it was time to get ready for dinner so, went back to get Aidan and Morgan. They weren't there.
After yelling for them that "this isn't funny" I realized that their bikes were pushed against the back fence.
Yeah, you guessed it, my resourceful preschoolers figured if they couldn't go through the gate, they would go over it.
I called my husband. I walked the block yellling for them. I was that parent for a few minutes...I stopped a kid on a skateboard who hadn't seen them, but would bring them back if he did. I met an old lady who had just seen them, if they came back they would bring them home. We found them a short time later. In the neighbors yard. Playing on their slide.
The neighbor is nice. He said the kids could play over there whenever they wanted. I learned that we live in a truly family friendly neighborhood, where people will help you. No one thought I was a bad parent. They understood. Because they had, or have, kids that age.
It was a moment I never want to relive. For 15 minutes I didn't know where my kids were.
Oh, and for the record..they are grounded...
Until they are 21
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