Today is Harry Houdini’s birthday. It got me thinking about all the insane predicaments my kids and the children I’ve had in my care over the years have gotten into; like the time my stepdad was watching my 2 year old and attempted to change his diaper. That was back when he was perpetual motion and shortly after the autism diagnosis. We came home to a disheveled little boy with a backward diaper. Or, the time I was a bus driver on a special ed route and my favorite little 3 year old squirmed his way out of the harness and down the 40 foot aisle to the rear emergency door to pull the red handle. How I never went careening off the road and how we got to him in enough time, I will never know. Then there is the time I found my then 4 year old leaning on the window screen of our second floor bedroom. He, for whatever reason, needed to see the park, and was pushing against the screen trying to get a better view. How do you react without reacting and scaring him further out the window? When I was working with 12 year old twin boys, another respite worker and I took them out into the community. My coworker decided to drive us to the local Barnes & Noble. Then next thing I know, one twin bolted into the mall with me in hot pursuit. When I caught up and redirected him back to the book store, I found his brother scaling the book shelves with the respite worker trying to coax him down. These are the situations that you look back on and laugh about. What funny, crazy, harrowing situations have you found yourself in with your kids?
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