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Old 11-18-2012, 11:32 AM   #16
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And that sort of thing works at, say, 2am when a child in an unfamiliar place is looking for an unfamiliar bathroom? Or gets scared and is trying to find family members?

Considering I've known *adults* to end up in rooms they didn't intend to be in, when extremely tired and in a new place, I think it's pretty odd to think that one's disciplinary skills will translate to a nearly sleepwalking person.



OP, I feel for you! We had a traditional family bedroom for many years, and it was quite a transition when DS started sleeping in his own room. The thought of him getting up in the middle of the night and maybe going out the main door of our condo instead of coming into the big bedroom to find us was simply terrifying for a good while. On vacation he has started to sleep on the pullout bed at times without a problem, but I still get nervous if I think about it. I have NO clue how my mom survived with her in the back of our house and my brother and I in the front, right near the front door...no idea! Nervewracking.

I wish you luck!
This says more about the parent's anxieties than it does about the proclivities of the child. If you're that anxious of a child not just opening a door, but undoing a safety latch in their 'near sleepwalking' state while trying to find a bathroom, then by all means do what you need to do. But what is the reality?I haven't heard of any children aimlessly wandering around resorts in the middle of the night. But maybe I just haven't been paying attention.

Leave a nightlight on it the bathroom. This will provide the necessary visual cues for any child in a strange environment. Heck, we do this ourselves so DH doesn't have to stumble over suitcases during his wee hours of the night visits to the bathroom (pun intended).

Unless this child is 'special needs' this is all molehills and mountains.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:30 PM   #17
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Why does it matter why the op wants to know and/or how anyone else parents their children? I know it's CRAZY that a child just wouldn't listen among any other things that could be going on, and that a parent would rather be pro-active in their planning. Good gravy. Answer the question and move along. No one should have to present every detail of their lives, their children, parenting styles, or individual concerns to get a question like this answered.

OP - I second the bells on the door, leaving a light on in the area for bathroom access, and even sleeping on the pull down if you're really worried about him unlocking the latch and leaving.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:45 PM   #18
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No one should have to present every detail of their lives, their children, parenting styles, or individual concerns to get a question like this answered.
^^This!!^^

Though I'm sure that someone is just itching to follow up with "when you post something on an open forum, you'll get replies you don't like" or some other such blah-blah.
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Why does it matter why the op wants to know and/or how anyone else parents their children? I know it's CRAZY that a child just wouldn't listen among any other things that could be going on, and that a parent would rather be pro-active in their planning. Good gravy. Answer the question and move along. No one should have to present every detail of their lives, their children, parenting styles, or individual concerns to get a question like this answered.

OP - I second the bells on the door, leaving a light on in the area for bathroom access, and even sleeping on the pull down if you're really worried about him unlocking the latch and leaving.
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^^This!!^^

Though I'm sure that someone is just itching to follow up with "when you post something on an open forum, you'll get replies you don't like" or some other such blah-blah.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Both of these!!! OP, the details you gave to everyone here were fine! I hope we have answered your question, everyone else can sit in their speculation. When your on an open forum the pendulum swings both ways, you may get answers you don't like, but you also may not get answers to some things (especially if they are personal and none of our business). I just don't think a parent or their child needs a label of "overly concerned", "special needs", "overly mischievous" or the like to have a question answered. Just MHO, not trying to be mean to anyone else.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:21 PM   #20
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Could you bring one of the child proof things youmputmover the door? My two year old can open most doors and locks so I've debated traveling with them.
Sorry....OT....just have to say I'm happy to see I'm not the only one who is always hitting the "m" or "n" key instead of the space bar!
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:36 PM   #21
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At the age of six, unless there is something else "going on" ie you have a child who is a runner or likes to bolt, you shouldn't have to worry about them escaping.
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Well said and thank you. I was just asking a question as to the the locks. I have my answer. Thank you all and moving on.



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Why does it matter why the op wants to know and/or how anyone else parents their children? I know it's CRAZY that a child just wouldn't listen among any other things that could be going on, and that a parent would rather be pro-active in their planning. Good gravy. Answer the question and move along. No one should have to present every detail of their lives, their children, parenting styles, or individual concerns to get a question like this answered.

OP - I second the bells on the door, leaving a light on in the area for bathroom access, and even sleeping on the pull down if you're really worried about him unlocking the latch and leaving.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:44 PM   #23
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I don't understand why people are so rude. Sorry OP.
Btw, my 7 year old sleep walks and I caught him going out the locked back door one night. So, it does happen.
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