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My two five & six year old took themselves to the shop

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ashamedandshocked Mon 24-Mar-14 20:51:19

Hi I am so shocked and upset I don't know what to think. We have always played shops with the kids and they venture off in the house to find something to buy/sell. I got home from work today and both me and my wife were playing with the kids and my daughter asks what do we need from the shop. I told her to surprise me. Her and her brother ventured off upstairs.

After about five minute we realised there wasn't the usual noise. My wife went to check and..... no kids.

I checked outside and they know never to go past the garden gate. I didn't believe it could happen but left my wife checking the house and went across to the local shop (no roads just a small car park) They were both in the shop with a basket. MY daughter had took a bag of pennies from her money box and they were putting a selection of things into a basket (Amazingly not just sweets)

I am so shocked and stunned they went out of the house let alone garden. We have had a stern chat with them and they understand but I have no idea why they would take it on themselves to do this when they know its wrong.

Anyone else had anything like this?

Shakey1500 Mon 24-Mar-14 20:54:01

Well they're safe (and industrious!) so that's the main thing smile

Yes, my two year old escaped and was well on his way to crossing a main road. This was 5 years ago and I'm just about not feeling sick when thinking about it

Shakey1500 Mon 24-Mar-14 20:55:21

Sorry meant to say, don't beat yourself up or feel ashamed. It wasn't intentional and these things happen!

Forgettable Mon 24-Mar-14 21:29:30

More common than you think - have a reflect on how you can secure your house such as chain, lock/high hook for key, alarm. Once you have had a nice cup of tea to steady nerves.

ElizaJanina Mon 24-Mar-14 21:31:54

It must have been quite frightening at the time but because nothing bad happened it's actually a funny story. Your children are clearly quite clever and it will be a funny story to tell when they're older.

Nocomet Mon 24-Mar-14 21:36:26

Slightly older, but DD2 appeared with her bike helmet in pieces and her gear mechanism smashed.

I thought she was playing with the little girl next door. She had in fact cycled off to the village 1/2 a mile away following her big sister and compounded it by seeing how fast she could come down the hill.

She'd risen pushed the wreckage home and was happily pretending nothing had happened.

I think she hit a pot hole, but she never did tell the whole truth.

Big sister has many talents, looking after small DCs isn't one of them, so she hadn't a clue because she wasn't watching.

NigellasDealer Mon 24-Mar-14 21:39:39

aww bless them.....
i bet you will put a bolt on the door now!!
when my son was 2 he turned the toybox upside down, dragged it over to the door and did a runner! all while i was in the kitchen cooking! my dad came round and fitted a high bolt after that!

SophieLeGiraffe Mon 24-Mar-14 21:42:27

My Mum loves to tell the story of the time she was stunned to open the door to the local shopkeeper, holding my hand. She thought I was upstairs playing in my room, I decided to go for sweeties. I was three. It happens and she kept the door locked after that!

MrsPear Tue 25-Mar-14 21:31:28

Last year I was mid changing ds2's nappy when I noticed there was a draft. I got up and noticed the front door wide open. I grabbed keys and half naked baby and ran. No point calling ds1 - he was 3 - as he has hearing loss but I still shouted. I found him walking along the road a minute or 2 from the house. I asked what the hell he was doing. Going to the shops was the answer. Well you can't do that without mummy was all I could stammer. We live in a close in London with a train line at one end and a main road at the other. We now look the door with keys away - at night I move them to hook on the mirror by the door in case of fire.

MrsPear Tue 25-Mar-14 21:34:05

Oh and a high up stiff bolt and hidden keys are the only answer. Do not torture yourself with what ifs. It happened and they are fine. You and your wife are not bad parents. wine

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