Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Okay, my name is Dara and I am a bad parent.

I know we have established this, but I wanted to make sure you all know that I know this before you read the following post.

I tie Joshua to his bed at night. I found it necessary since Jeremy found him riding his bike in the garage at 4 AM, and I found him a few nights later in his room with a parade of sandwiches on his windowsill and Pepper in his bed. To his credit, he did clean up the mess he made when he made the sandwiches. It could have been tidiness, or it could have been (and probably was) an attempt to conceal evidence.

Anyway...last night Jeremy and I were feeling pretty bad about the whole thing (especially since we had put a gate up in Eva's doorway to stop her from roaming), and Jeremy turned to me and said, "We gotta figure something else out." I agreed, especially since what was easiest for us a parents wasn't necessarily the best for our kids and their psychological well-being.

So, I untied the ribbon around Josh's foot, and crossed my fingers that he wouldn't wake up and decide he needed to go on a 10-mile run around the neighborhood.

This morning, I was helping Eva (who also was liberated last night from her baby gated doorway) get dressed and the noise woke up her neighbor. Joshua walked in, cow-eyed and bed-headed.

"MOM!" he exclaimed. "I wasn't tied up and I stayed in bed last night!"

I laughed a little.

"That's 'cause I untied you while you were asleep."

He processed this for a minute.

"Nooooo," he said. "It was magic!"

Ha ha ha!


Chris said...

I'm calling DCFS!!! You are so busted.

Haven't you heard of buying locks for bedroom doors?

Katscratchme said...

I've been telling her for weeks to switch the doorknobs round so that it locks on the outside.. :P
Too funny, Dara... "Magic!"

Trillium said...

You can just see his mind working:

"it's morning ... and the ribbon is gone! ... whoa!!! MAGIC!! ... I'm FREE!!!! I need to tell Mom ..."

What a wonderful world!!

Tina said...

That was my suggestion too. A door lock from the outside. We do that with Jacob. I love how little kid's minds work.!!

Doodle On Yoo said...

The only down side to locking from the inside: My cousin was almost killed in a house fire, she had one on her door and couldn't get out to tell someone, her parents didn't wake up until she was in serious danger and was screaming. Just something to think about.
I did nursing for years and we had patients that needed bed restraints. As long as they are used properly and safely, I see no harm in it.

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