Heart-stopping parenting ahead...
Ever had one of those heart-stopping moments that so quickly resets your thinking about something? That moment happened to me just yesterday in the most innocent circumstances.
I was taking my three-year-old daughter to a dentist appointment and she was in the back seat, her car seat installed directly behind mine. We weren't more than a couple minutes into the journey when all of a sudden, I heard some wind whistling. Reflexively, I figured that she'd opened the rear window, but after pulling the switches and the noise not abating, I absolutely knew what she'd done.
She'd opened the door.
Now, to preface this, she's ridden in just about every press vehicle that's rolled through here in her short three years, and while she has occasionally and accidentally tugged at the handle before, the other vehicles - for whatever reason - withstood her prodding.
Now, the car we're driving now, the really quite excellent Volkswagen Golf R, was pretty innocent in this whole thing. My daughter is getting older and bolder, and really, it's my fault for not activating the simple child locks equipped in every car sold today. That alone would have saved my embarrassment for being so ignorant of just how quickly she's growing into a fully-functioning adult!
Thankfully, the story ended safely. It took me about 10 seconds to find an appropriate place to pull over, lock the door, admonish my daughter and myself, then get back into the car and leave. One of the easy life lessons that experienced parents love to laugh about... So now my wife and I are going to laugh - but I'm also locking the rear doors, just in case.
Tell us about your experiences either growing up or with your children in the comments below!