Ryan is smart. I will give him that. And he’s also pretty darn sneaky. I’m not sure this is a good combination.
Why you ask?
Well let me share a little story….
Each night we tuck the boys into bed around 7:30pm – 8:00pm and we head downstairs for the rest of the evening. After the kitchen is cleaned and toys are picked up, we typically have the television on and we’re each on our laptop just hanging out with the Christmas tree lights on and a fire in the fireplace. It’s peaceful and quiet.
But so is Ryan. Quiet that is.
The last few nights Ryan has been sneaking out of his room and watching TV with us. But we don’t know it.
How do we not know it? Well, I did mention he’s sneaky didn’t I?
He knows that if he opens his bedroom door we will hear his noise machine or music. Or that we’ll see the light coming from his room. So to ensure we don’t know he has left his room, he turns off all lights, all music, all fans, all things that make noise or light. He opens his door very quietly and then closes it behind him. If he doesn’t close it he knows that we’ll notice the open door and call him out on leaving his room.
So he does all of the above and then he hides behind this little wall on the left side of the photo and peers over the edge between the spindles to the TV below.
This picture was taken with my phone sitting on the couch so you can see that I can’t see him sitting behind that little wall. And this hidden spot he has found is a perfect sight line to the television down below.
Sneaky, sneaky little four year old (well, almost four). But he’s not only sneaky, he’s smart. He has it figured out to a tee on how not to get caught. And he’s good at it. I should be worried for the years yet to come, don’t you think?
So now I’m trying to figure out ways to outsmart him. Because he’s obviously succeeded at outsmarting us the last few nights. And trust me when I say it’s hard not to laugh when we find him all hidden behind that wall watching TV. I know it’s naughty, but I give him a lot of credit for figuring this all out on his own. He’s so darn cute! And when he’s busted he always jumps and says “Momma. You scared me. That wasn’t nice.”
Like my mom said to me once “You wouldn’t have been scared if you weren’t doing something you weren’t supposed to.” True dat mom! True dat!
But now I must outsmart him. I’m thinking jingle bells on his doorknob. Think it will work?
Any other suggestions on how to do this? Because I can’t do it alone……