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Installing a Kid Bell

Anybody else have this problem? Your kid(s) go outside and then they can’t get back in because they’re too short to reach the door knob/handle/latch?

Finn and Elsa have been spending lots of time out in the yard during the day. I have been leaving the back door open so that they can come and go as they please but now that the weather is warming new bugs are swarming (don’t you like my rhymes?) Then I had a flash of inspiration at the hardware store last week. I picked up one of those wireless doorbells for super cheap. I threw in some batteries, hung the chime in my back mudroom and the bell at kid level outside the back door.

Ta Da!

Now those crazies can buzz me whenever they need to get in the house. So far it’s been great, let’s not hope the ding donging gets out of control.

One last thing, when the kids out grow the bell it will be easy-peasy to remove the door-bell-button and the chime. The whole set-up is super non-permanent, yay!

in DIY, Kids
2 comments… add one
  • abby nelson April 3, 2012

    I was actually thinking of putting the doorbell high enough so the kids CAN’T reach it… I have a boy that comes over to my house at 6:30 am and, because my son is still fast asleep, I have always been happy that our current doorbell doesn’t work! Also, when they’re in the back yard (and the infant is taking her morning nap), I sometimes catch both boys pushing the button OVER and OVER. Silly kids :-)

    • Scoops April 4, 2012

      Ha! I figured it could bite me in the butt in the long run. At least it’s only semi-permanent, right?

      Maybe I could instill with then the ol’ boy who cried wolf scenario.

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