But this morning when my husband asked if everyone had already eaten we were a little surprised to hear that no-one knew if Will had had breakfast. Will is one of our 4 year old twins. My husband questioned the others as he was shaving, ‘but surely you know whether he’s been sitting at the table with you or whether he’s watching TV’ (one always seems to follow the other in the morning in our house). Apparently no one did know. So we double-checked Will’s bed which we already knew he wasn’t in. Our house is not big so this caused mild panic. If he wasn’t in bed, eating breakfast, or watching TV then where on earth was he? There aren’t a lot of other places he could be.
He was found, several worrying minutes later, hiding under the desk in the study. He’d climbed on a chair to reach his Leappad (his favourite thing EVER) from a high shelf on the bookcase. He was playing on it very quietly and since he knew he shouldn’t be doing so, didn’t respond to our calling him.
They LOVE their Leappads. I love their Leappads when we are on a long car journey, or when I need them to be entertained while I’m busy. But this morning I wasn’t feeling the love.
My second scary moment of the day was after running their bath this evening. I came downstairs to find that they had opened the door to a strange man. All four boys were playing on some form of gaming device. They had opened the door when he’d knocked and then gone back to their games without doing more than giving a cursory shout for me, which I hadn’t heard because of the bath.
Thankfully said strange man was from the opticians and was kindly delivering my husband’s prescription sunglasses. My boys were made very aware (as they have been on many previous occasions) not to ever open the door to someone they don’t know again. Plus of course manners were discussed. The love for children’s gaming devices has been seriously diluted today…that’s not to say they won’t be allowed to play on them again very soon.