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A New Layer to Child-proof

So I get this call on my pocket phone from a friend of mine. She tells me that she tried calling on the house phone and she thinks KAtie picked it up. She heard Katie babbling and me in the background. After trying to get Katie's attention she hung up and called my cell.
This is all very plausible except we were in the car when the call came in and had been out shopping for the last hour and a half.

Turns out, Katie figured out how to record an new outgoing message for the answering machine.

It has to go on a higher surface now.



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Jan. 28th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
When Ian was very small, 14-15 months, Julie found him talking on the phone in a very excited manner. This had happened before, but ... Julie took the phone and put it up to her ear.

Julie's Mom: Julie
Julie: Oh dear

Ian had worked out that if you push this button, it called grandma.

We erased all the auto dials
Jan. 28th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)

My stepgrandsons call us all the time.

Jan. 28th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Grin. Go Katie! Now you just have to make sure she doesn't accidentally delete someone's album...
Jan. 28th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thankfully our answering machine hangs on the wall so Alex hasn't managed to reprogram it yet. But he does like to answer the phone and turn off the ringers.
Jan. 28th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Katie seems very precocious.

When Adam was about 3 he was playing with the phone and dialed 911. The police who came to our house didn't seem to mind. It must have been a slow day for them.
Jan. 29th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
In Kindergarten, they told my youngest if he needed help he should call 911. Andy came out of the bathroom to find a nice policeman at the door. Seems Pat had gotten stuck in his Harry Potter game and called 911 because Dad was going potty. The nice policeman came to make sure he wasn't home alone.

So... just wait... :)
Jan. 29th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
I think I'm grateful that none of that stuff existed as my kids were growing up *grin*. We had a wall phone, and they couldn't reach it to answer until they were old enough to take a message. "Mommy, a lady called."
Jan. 29th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
Ah, the joys of parenthood!

If it wasn't so darn cute, you'd want to kill them.

Ian's beginning to learn this. His kids got into his I-Tunes account and ordered a whole season of "Backyardigans" while his back was turned.

Just keep telling yourself that it's a lot more "fun" when they're really smart.
Jan. 29th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Yes. Highly intelligent and talented kids are, indeed, special challenges. You are so going to have fun.

My cousin, at age 3, took the refrigerator door off, and then put it back on, using only his plastic toy tool box tools. Yes, he is particularly mechanically adept.

Neighbors of ours had 2-year old triplets. They unhinged the front door. (They stood atop one another's shoulders on a stool to reach the high hinge.) After a few more such escapades, the girls entered school, where it was discovered that one of them was deaf. The girls had worked so well in tandem that the deafness never showed.

Kids never cease to amaze and awe me.
Jan. 29th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
You're leaving the outgoing message, I hope?
Jan. 29th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
I used to have an answering machine with the buttons on a flat exposed surface. It kept losing the settings and greeting; I eventually caught the cat walking over it....
Jan. 29th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
AT & T will set up a voicemail service on your line. Not only is there no answering machine, it will take messages even when the power goes off.
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