Never leave the house without a house key.
Never. Even if children left in the house are capable of unlocking the door.
Why? Because children old enough to successfully unlock the door may wander out on the porch to watch you put the dogs in their crates. And just maybe the toddler will want to come outside, too. In her fumbling with the door handle, the door might lock.
Then there will be a toddler inside, crying to come out.
There will be a boy on the outside, crying because he can't get in.
There will be a mama wishing her cell phone was in its case on her waistband instead of inside the house being charged.
The dogs were confused when I opened the garage door again and climbed over their crates while praying that the door between the house and garage was unlocked.
I liked G's version that he shared with S when The Man and the older kids arrived home a bit later.
I was crying because the door was locked, but then Mommy BURST through the garage door and unlocked the door.It kind of makes me sound like a superhero or something.
The kids were happy until I told Goldilocks that we were done with outside and we all were staying inside. She had put both of her shoes on and had one glove and one mitten on her hands. Mean mama made her take them off and put them away.
I couldn't get too upset with G for leaving the house. I seem to recall his mother did that once upon a time when her mommy went outside to get the mail. The neighbor had to break a window in that case so her little brother wouldn't be left alone in the house.
All's well that ends well. I need to come up with a good place to stash a house key outside. It's probably just easier to spend some time teaching Goldilocks how to unlock the doors, but that could create a new set of problems.