10 Parenting Blunders So Embarrassing Police Were Called

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Last week, we were having a tough night. OK, if I'm being really honest, it wasn't a night that unlike every other night in my house: The kids were roughhousing, I was yelling and the dog was running around in circles. The thing that set it apart from every other night? The fact that the police banged on our door to investigate a domestic disturbance that some neighbor called in.

Naturally, feeling like a major failure in the parenting department, I turned to my community to make me feel better. Was I the only one to have a parental brush with the law? Did they have any stories to share, I begged?

Did they ever ... 

1. My youngest called 9-1-1 recently because we made him wait to have a turn on the computer until his sister finished her turn. When dispatch called our number back to see if everything was okay, he answered before I could, told them never to call our house again and then hung up on them. Ten minutes later we were standing in the yard explaining to a police officer that we really weren't abusing this child.

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2. My son pulled the fire alarm at the nursing home where my grandparents live. Ten fire trucks came blazing in and forced an evacuation until they were convinced there was nothing to worry about. We still get dirty looks every time we go. Fortunately, nobody had a heart attack over it. (We think.)

3. My winning-obsessed son always wants to race home from the park. He's so worried about losing that he runs through our neighborhood screaming, "Don't beat me!" over and over at the top of his lungs while I chase behind screaming, "You mean don't win!" at the top of mine.

4. When my oldest was in 1st grade, she told her teacher daddy was hurting mommy. I had to explain to the pretty blonde 20-something teacher that daddy was not hurting mommy, mommy was just a little loud during ...

5. I got pulled over because someone reported a "guy" waving a gun in the back-seat of the car. Um, the guy was my ten year old and the gun was a water gun on the way back from the pool!

6. After four years seeing the same pediatrician with my two girls (4 and 7 at the time), a first-time physician intern came in at their annual check-up to get all the vitals and ask the normal preliminary questions. She left the exam room and I heard this hushed conversation with our pediatrician about "all of these bruises and cuts all over their legs.". Our pediatrician took one look at the file, laughed, and said, "Oh, there's no problem here, that's just the Smith girls. They always look like that."

7. My middle daughter is autistic, and one day this summer she got it in her head that calling 9-1-1 and hanging up would be ok because she wanted to make sure it worked. I was at work, my husband at the store, and my 15-year-old had just woken up when the police knocked on the door. They searched my entire messy house, lectured my kids to clean it, and threatened to be back in two hours to see the progress.

8. We had the police show up at 11 p.m., blue lights flashing, barging past me into the house making sure everyone was all right. Turns out, they'd gotten a 9-1-1 call requesting back up because there was a robber in the house. My 7 and 11 year old were playing cops and robbers and my 7 year old had used an old cell phone to dial 9-1-1

9. My husband and I were, um, getting intimate on a Sunday morning while we thought the kids were asleep. Suddenly, we hear banging on the door and the kids yell, "Help is here, Mommy!!!" Apparently they weren't sleeping, heard me making sounds they'd never heard before, got scared and called 9-1-1. A+ for being responsible, kids, but ugh! 

10. Last year, my TWO year old was in a stroller at the mall. I was shopping in a department store and she somehow grabbed a bracelet without me knowing. Left the store, the alarms went off and mall security came. Worst of all? They thought I put my kid up to it! WTH?!

Anyone else got any stories to share? You're in good, er bad, company ...

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nonmember avatar racchizzle

I was at work, and my husband was home in our apartment playing w our puppy. Apparently fetch indoors is a noise disturbance.... Our dog weighs less than 30 lbs.

caleb... calebsmama12312

When my son was about 17 months old he called 911 & I guess hid the phone. After about an hour I realized the phone was off the hook. As soon as I turned the phone off the police called & said they've been trying to call for a while to see why we called 911. The officer was not happy at all. I'm glad they didn't send a car but I thought it was odd that a whole hour went by without them getting contact with us & they didn't come check if everything was ok.

miche... micheledo

calebsmama - LOL!  the same thing happened to me last year.  He was about 14 months old and dialed 911.  I later found the phone off the hook and hung up.  Got an immediate call from the police.  I wondered the same thing - it really took them that long to check???

They also asked about the 'hitting sounds they heard."  ummm ?????  I thought maybe he was banging the phone on the ground??

Sarah... SarahHall58

Sounds like you need to teach your kids about the 911 system and what a real emergency is. I see several HORRIBLE misuses of police time and effort when they could have been responding to someone who truly needed them. I don't think this is funny at all. Teach your kids. Seriously.

justa... justamom272

The cops were never called on us but about 2 weeks ago we played outside in the backyard until way after dark. My 3 year old who is autistic lost his buzz lightyear wings off of a toy which were black. We tried to look for them in the dark to no avail. My son was having the worst meldown which resulted in the neighbor down the raod to knock on our door in his underwear to make sure he was alright with the wife right behind him in a barely there nighty. I was so embarrased!

Cammy Lee Foster

i got up early and left for a meeting and the hubby called me about an hour later. our son with down syndrome had watched me leave out the window and heard my hubby snoring so he called 911 and said they needed to come check for bad guys. police searched the house and woke hubby and assured him they had checked and their were no bad guys. over the course of the next several years he called about once a year despite my insistance that they yell at him so he would stop they wouldnt because he had such a case of police hero worship. when we moved away he was 18 and they day before we moved to our new state they came and got him and took him to starbucks, drove him around town and let him take over the chiefs office. i asked them if they wanted me to go to help and the officer said nope just me and my partner we dont need you lol. awesome officers in folsom california.

nonmember avatar sandjmomma13

Always that one person to ruin all the fun...

Felip... FelipesMom

Hey Stupid (SARAHALL58), these weren't all stories from one person! Read the flippin article. Yeesh.


nonmember avatar LISA

Yeah, a few years ago two of my stepchildren (they were 10 and 12 at the time) thought it would be funny to write "HELP US!!" on my back windshield .. they didn't think it was too funny when I was ordered out of my vehicle by gunpoint, forced to lay on the wet pavement on my pregnant stomach ... then, because the big bad police were so pissed about the whole thing, issued child restraint violations because I had allowed them to sit in the back with the seats down. Yeah. Needless to say I . Was. Pissed!!!!!

Railr... RailroadGirl

@Cammy Lee Foster that has to be one of the sweetest stories I have ever read. Good job to the police for making a special child feel so special. A great memory he will always have.

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