That Time I Locked My Kid in the Dark

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Have you ever hit a point of total frustration with your kid when what comes next could either be classified as a genius move or a complete parenting fail, depending on who you’re talking to? For me, that would be the night I pulled the breaker.

My daughter had been having an epic meltdown. It started when it was time to leave swim lessons. I knew she was tired. It had been a long day and I don’t think she was feeling especially well. But dammit, she did NOT want to get out of that pool.

Me, being the mean mommy I am, I forced her out anyway (she’d had PLENTY of warning that the time to leave was coming). So, she cried, fought me in the shower, refused to hold my hand on the way out to the car and sobbed the whole way home while shouting every mean thing she could think to shout at me.

When we got home, I told her to go to her room and that I would be right there to brush her teeth. She went to her room, but instead of waiting for me there, she immediately slammed the door.

I immediately knew she’d locked it.


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