So, I have a pair of five-year-old old twin girls. For the vast majority of the time they are the absolute joy in my life and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. However, there are occasions where they frustrate me so much that I want to scream.
They are getting smart enough now to start playing little tricks on me, and their new favourite is finding ways to get into the cookie jar. What they do is have one of them scamper across the paving near the front door and ring the bell. Naturally I go to answer it and the other one sneaks into the kitchen and grabs as much as she can before bolting into their room while I answer the door to nothing but a big patch of paving.
At first I figured it was just a couple of the local kids playing knock door run, which I can’t claim to have never played myself in my younger days, so I can’t really get mad at anybody who does it. I figured that eventually I would open the door and see one of them trying to make a swift exit over the paving and that would be the end of it.
This happened five different times before I cottoned on to what was going on. In frustration I slammed the door and turned around to see my other five year old halfway up the stairs with a couple of cookies in hand. The truth came out pretty quickly afterwards and I have remedied the situation by hiding the cookie jar out of sight so they can’t get to it no matter how hard they try.
Frankly, I have to compliment them for their ingenuity as it was a good plan. Still, I couldn’t help but be worried about how my daughter was even getting out to the front door in the first place. As it turns out, the gate we have in the back garden is small enough for her to scale and jump out onto the Edmonton paving below. She’s done this more than a couple of times now and I can’t help but think what would have happened if she had gotten it wrong and fallen. I can't bear thinking about it. So now, the cookie jar is hidden and that gate is getting replaced with something that can’t be climbed.