I’m Raising a Houdini Threenager

IMG_2245This weekend we went on a road trip.  On our way home as I was driving through a construction zone I felt my daughter’s hand on my arm.

Me:  “Honey, how are you touching me?”  I honestly thought it might be one of her dolls she was poking me with but then my husband proceeded to freak out.

Freaked Out Hubby:  “OMG!!!  Pull over!!!  What are you doing out of your seat?  Get in your seat!”

Me:  “I can’t pull over it!  I’m in construction.”

Hubby unbuckles, turns to reach back and put her in her seat.  While he is trying to put her in the seat his leg slips and causes the car to slip into neutral.  I shout and quickly get us back in gear.  He gets her back in her seat and gets back in his seat buckled up.  We couldn’t figure out how she got out.  We knew I had put her in properly.  He said the seat was still buckled when he went to put her back and had to unbuckle everything.  We soon pulled over for gas and I went all Cagney and Lacey on her.

This is how she did it.  First she pushed her chest buckle down.


This gave her enough room to reach down to the mechanism that loosens the straps, pull it and loosen the straps with her body weight.


Next she reached her arms up and pulled herself right on out of the carseat and climbed down.


She tried to do it three more times before we finally made it home.  I’m never going to survive my Houdini Threenager.

IMG_2249I said, “That was kind of impressive.”

Still Freaked Out Hubby said, “And yet she can’t dress herself.  If it was a shirt, she would still be sitting there with one arm in and crying.”



49 thoughts on “I’m Raising a Houdini Threenager”

  1. Wow, how scary!! It’s amazing what kids can do – good job on being on top of things!! Also, I want your husband’s secret of getting in the back seat while moving, I would so hurt myself!! :)

  2. Bahaha! That is too funny! I don’t have any kids yet, but I can just imagine the kinds of things they get into. I bet it turns your world upside down!

    K, I’m about to read about all your races. There’s such thing as a Doctor Who Virtual 5K? Shut up and take my money!
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    1. Yes! But it was for the 50th anniversary. Do some searching and see if you can find one for 2015. I haven’t found one yet but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one. Yes – A fellow Whovian!

    1. Luckily the spot that loosens the straps is under velcro so as soon as I hear velcro I start warning her. Another friend suggested if I can’t get her to stop to put her in a button down shirt that is open, put the seat belt on and then button up the shirt. She can’t yet undo buttons although it will probably be the incentive she needs to learn buttons. 😉

    1. Good luck? Are you sure you don’t want to tell me this is just a phase and soon she will be the most well-behaved child around? Yea, I know. I’m kind of screwed. She is a stubborn as me. lol

  3. 1. Threenager
    2. The pictures of the doll simulating the Houdini escape
    3. Your reactions compared to your husband’s

    Very cute story and I love how you told it! THANK YOU for a good laugh. I’ve raised three kids and been around multitudes of others, but I’ve never heard of one who did what your daughter did. I agree with you: kind of impressive! lol, enjoy her :)

    p.s. as I’m typing I see all the races you’ve done. KUDOS!

  4. Oh. My. Goodness. That is very clever, but also pretty scary! I’m lucky that my son seems to think of the car seat as one of those things that just is what it is. The most he’ll do is lean forward and grunt to let me know he would like me to take him out. You’re husband accidentally switching your vehicle into neutral though has happened to me! We were stopped on a STEEP hill and my sister accidentally switched it, but I didn’t know it! So when I tried to move forward it didn’t budge and I freaked out for a minute. It took me a few moments to realize the gear had been shifted. Now I’m careful to warn passengers not to hit it with their knee, and I keep a closer eye on it.
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  5. wow, isn’t it so strange what kiddos do that you don’t want them to do, and what they don’t do that you are trying to get them to do. Arrrg… 2 and 3 year olds….. love your name threenager….
    Also, Mommy’s reactions compared to Daddy’s. Same here with me and my hubby. I always say to him, “don’t panic until it’s time, the time to panic is when I do.”
    Love your use of the dolly to reinact what your lil dolly did.
    I can tell you have a great sense of humor.

  6. Oh my! That would have scared me. Mine never tried that, thank God, but I do have a brother like that Tommy cartoon baby with the screwdriver. Every time he got his hands on one he took things apart. Nothing was safe (or in one piece).
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  7. This shows quite a bit of ingenuity and resolve. But, it’s easy for me to look at her strengths, I wasn’t the one driving as she was roaming around the back seat! Gotta admit its pretty funny though!
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  8. Oh my goodness, you’ve almost got a traveling act on your hands! Isn’t it crazy how smart kids are? They are so persistent, too! The good thing is, she sounds like a smart cookie! :)
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  9. This brings back such memories! My youngest was just like that when he was 2 years old – always unbuckling himself from his seat. Then he figured out how to unbuckle his car seat from the seat! I was always so nervous when we were driving that he would unbuckle and get hurt. But we made it through. Kids are great but they sure can challenge you too!
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  10. This literally make me lol! She can escape the car seat but can’t dress herself…it’s like they are “selective” aren’t they? 😛

  11. Seriously, the Sophia reenactment was the best! LOL But really, threenagers are little devils sometimes. My daughter was like that at three, and still is at four. I call her the Super Ninja. She could sneak off into a totally different part of the house, destroy something, and then be back in her original seat in seconds. It is amazing how she does it!
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  12. This is hilarious! I love the Sofia the First demonstrations and the last line so sums up parenthood! :) None of it ever makes sense!

  13. I don’t have kids myself, but my brother has a son and he hasn’t done anything like that in his car seat, hopefully I haven’t jinxed it by saying that out loud lol. But kids that age, so fearless, yet scaring the adults half to death.
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  14. We have all been there! This really made me giggle. I remember when my oldest figured out how to get out of his cot at 13 months old and was found at 2.00 am playing happily in the middle of his room. He continued to repeat the trick for the rest of the week much to our annoyance. Kids are just the best and you’ve still got so much fun yet to come. Thanks for sharing the story and raising a smile.
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