It might be one of the most stressful things that ever happens to you, but kids locking their parents out of the house happens all the time. If it happens to you, follow this advice.
Try Talking to Your Kids
The first thing you should do if your kids lock you out of the home is do your best to stay calm and don’t overreact to the situation. Then you should try talking to your kids if this is at all possible. They might have just shut the door by accident.
If they don’t respond to you knocking on the door, call the house phone using your mobile phone if you have it with you. If they answer, just explain things to them if they’re old enough to understand. If not, move onto the next step.
Look for Other Ways In
If you have other doors in the house which can be accessed from the outside, make sure you check them before you go any further. You don’t want to cause a fuss if there is a simple way to get back into the home.
Once you’ve tried that, and there are no other ways in, you could see if you can get through other means. But this is unlikely to yield much success.
Call Someone with a Spare Key
It’s always a good idea to make sure that a close friend or family member has a spare key to your front door. It’s something a lot of people forget to do, but you’ll wish you had when you find yourself in a situation such as this.
If you have been sensible enough to give your key to a friend or relative, call them up as soon as you’ve established that there’s no other way of getting back into the house. If they respond, they should be there to rescue you in no time.
Get the Locks Changed
You’ll have to move onto the final option if you haven’t given a spare key to anyone or can’t get hold of the person who has it. That final option is getting the locks changed. If you have a phone with you, just do a quick internet search for a locksmith near you and you’ll be able to find a locksmith who can arrive quickly.
You’ll probably have to find a way to prove to the locksmith that you own the home, but this shouldn’t be too difficult. Ask a neighbor to vouch for you if there are any problems.
Make Preparations for the Future
Once the whole trauma is over, the first thing you’ll feel is relief. But you should start thinking about how you can make sure it never happens again. There are some steps you can take to do this.
Firstly, be careful not to leave your child alone in the house, even for a short amount of time. This will guarantee that the same thing doesn’t happen again. You should also make sure someone you know has a spare key if they don’t already.
It’s impossible not to be worried when something like this happens, but you must try to stay calm and follow these steps.