How do we get our kids to lock the door?
February 24, 2014 1:56 AM Subscribe
We have always lived in secure places and rarely locked our front door (a metal screen and a wooden door), but today our 2 year old demonstrated vividly that she can open the stiff high handle on the door and make it to the lift lobby fast. We need to socially engineer the rest of our family to keep the damn door properly locked all the time now. And to hide the key that the toddler is obsessed with and able to use.
There are six adults and teens going in and out of the house, and given that they sometimes forget to even close the gate, let alone lock it, and have lost keys frequently, we can't rely on them to take the extra hassle of locking up.
What are ways you've socially engineered for people to remember to lock-up? Posters next to the door, an alarm that rings, rewards etc? Also, is the cost of a fancy fingerprint lock worth the ease of usage?
Please note ahead of comments that she is very aware that going out alone is wrong and gets her in huge trouble, but as her strategy is to wait until people aren't watching to do this and we already have to lock her in at night in our room because she was sneaking out to play/raid the fridge, we are not relying on her brilliant behaviour and our great parenting to keep her safe. We need LOCKS.