Taking the Plunge: The Bunkbed Incident of 2020
A Sixth Sense?
Do you ever have those moments as a parent when you just know that your kids are up to something? It’s like a Spidey-sense goes off, instinct takes over, and you follow the noise (or lack thereof) to find your little angels doing something that they shouldn’t be.
When left alone, kids have the tendency to explore and try out new experiences and our girls are no exception. We know that Ava and Alexis know how to entertain themselves when they are alone in their room. They have an endless supply of creativity and imagination so we wanted to find out what exactly they do when they think we aren’t paying attention.
The Set Up
Ava and Alexis are no strangers to the camera….obviously. So, we may have used that to our advantage. Knowing they wouldn’t be suspicious, we set up cameras in their room. We turned them on and walked away, the girls oblivious to the fact that we were recording everything. The results were not exactly what we expected — most of it was just innocent fun — but we discovered that the girls have a daring side when left to their own devices.
Decisions Were Made
During this experiment, I was downstairs and Ami was with Jersey. I left the girls alone, hoping to get as much genuine behavior out of the girls as possible. It wasn’t until after hearing several large thumps that I knew something wasn’t right. I got to their room just in time to see Ava land on the beanbag chair. Initially, I was furious. We had explained to the girls that jumping from the top was dangerous and that they could get seriously hurt. But then, I noticed the beanbag chair and almost laughed. At least they had the sense to find something soft to land on. I was pretty proud, to be honest.
At that moment I knew I had a decision: I could yell and scream or I could join in and be there to protect them from getting hurt. Plus, I have to keep up my Cool Dad title somehow. You can see how well that went in the hidden camera footage here.
Watching back through the footage, Ami and I realized that kids will be kids and we have to let them. Of course, we do everything we can to keep them out of trouble and danger, but eventually, we are going to have to let go and let them make their own mistakes and decisions. We may not be holding their hands, but we will never be out of sight if they need us.
Our goal is to create an environment for our children to grow and challenge themselves to be better every day. The twins are turning seven on Sunday and I realize that this is not the time to back off and stop parenting, but as they get older, we are going to have to allow them to become their own people and that means letting them jump every so often.
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