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Toddler Who Locked Grandma Out Should Be a Warning to Other Grandparents

by Adriana Velez on December 13, 2012 at 3:19 PM

door lockHow does that story about Little Red Riding Hood go again? Something about how she goes to visit her grandma and ends up locking the poor woman out of the house, or something like that? (No?) Maybe I'm just confusing my stories, because this one sounds awfully familiar. A toddler locked her grandmother out of the house and the fire department had to be called to get her back in again.

I'm sure this was all just an accident! No 1-year-old could have such strong feelings against their granny that they'd lock her out of the house. In fact, I can see this happening to anyone, but especially a babysitter.

Toddlers don't always understand the full implications of what they're doing. What am I saying? Toddlers NEVER understand the full implications of what they're doing. Maybe Grandma ran out to get the paper or snap a photo of a bird. She thought she'd only be a moment so she didn't bother bringing keys. Along toddles the granddaughter. Maybe she thinks she's playing a game with Granny. Or maybe she doesn't like all that cold air coming in. But for whatever reason, she slams the door, which locks automatically from the inside. Poor Granny is stuck outside!

From there we can think of all sorts of scary scenarios about a toddler getting into danger left to her own devices in the house. Yikes! Thank goodness Granny got help quickly.

But I wonder if her parents would make the same mistake?  They're probably well aware of that locking door, so probably not. It's the visitors and babysitters who get blindsided by this kind of thing. And do you think grandparents are more vulnerable because they're older and maybe not quite as sharp or quick as they once were? I'm sure parents think they're being safe using a door that automatically locks when you close it -- but maybe not. Then again, parents make the craziest mistakes when we're sleep deprived. So maybe we're just as likely to make this mistake as grandparents are.

Do you think this could happen to you or your relatives, visitors, or sitter?


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Filed Under: in the news, safety, child care


  • AliNo...


    December 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM
    Umm yeah. Parents have and will make the same mistake. It's happened to me. After totally freaking out for a minute I climbed through a window and all was well. Shit happens.
  • AliNo...


    December 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM
    Umm yeah. Parents have and will make the same mistake. It's happened to me. After totally freaking out for a minute I climbed through a window and all was well. Shit happens.
  • the4m...


    December 13, 2012 at 4:36 PM
    Who HASN'T this happened to? Every one of my kids has locked me out more than once.
  • fave82


    December 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    The fact that this story is in the news at all is pretty lame. I've locked myself out of my house more than once I hate to say.. Found another way in, all was well... CALL THE PRESSES!!! My 1 year old has accidentally locked herself in the guest room.. Once I even locked my keys in the car, I know, SHOCKING!! This stuff happens all the time.. all it takes is that 1 second lapse in thinking and you're all slow-motion  "noooooooooooooo!!!", but it's too late. lol

  • Amanda
    -- Nonmember comment from


    December 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM
    My oldest daughter locked me out on the balcony when she was 2. Thankfully it was only the 2nd floor and the snow cushioned the drop....
  • Rhond...


    December 13, 2012 at 5:04 PM
    I keep my keys in my pocket all the time. They come out to open the door then go right back in before I even enter the house. It's not rocket science.
  • kelti...


    December 13, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    My three year old did this to my mom. They were out in the backyard playing, and he ran inside before her and locked the door. Thankfully my dad was home and she just went around the house and rang the doorbell. Now she carries her keys with her. I always have my keys with me, even if I am just running the trash out bc that is one of my fears. He almost locked me out while I was watering the plants one day.

  • Berna...
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    Bernadette Dalit

    December 13, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    I remember one time whe my grandson slam the door in our house and I don't know which one when all the door we're closed,so I start singng his favorite song"baby baby"by justin bieber, I sang it so loud and he start singing with me and that's where I found him in her mommy's big closet,he was just 13 months old!so funny cuz I don't even know the lyrics but I tried!lol

  • antfa...


    December 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Oh my god, RhondaVeggie, you are the perfect mother. I don't think I have ever seen you cop to any failings at all. I wish we could all be like you.

    AS for me, however... Not being perfect and made of sunshine and awesomeness, my daughter locked me out of the house once. I went out to throw something in the trashcan on the sidewalk and she shut the door and turned the deadbolt. I spent about a minute panicking, because there was no way for me to get back in, then talked her through unlocking the door. Now, I either take her with me or take my keys. LOL lesson learned

  • jpfsmom


    December 14, 2012 at 1:39 AM
    Thank you Rhondaveggie, I haven't been on Cafemom much recently but I'm glad to see the sanctimommy brigade is in full force.
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