Part of being a parent to teenagers is allowing them to have the freedom to spend more time out of the house, but that can sometimes come with safety concerns and can leave your kids needing an urgent pick up.
One mum on Facebook has developed the perfect trick to making sure her son can always contact her if he wants her to take him home – by creating a secret code that tells her exactly what he needs.
Posting a picture of a Reddit post on the Parenting Teens and Tweens Facebook page, the mum said her son simply texts her a random emoji, which is code for “I want to come home, but I want it to be your fault”.
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Then, the mum knows she needs to phone her son while pretending to be angry at him and demanding he come home immediately.
She wrote: “My kid just texted me a hotdog emoji. It’s code for ‘I want to come home, but I want it to be your fault’. Any random emoji when we’re not texting each other will work.
“He was supposed to be staying the night with a friend, so I was concerned when I got this text after I’d already gone to bed. I called him and told him, ‘You were supposed to unload the dishwasher before you left, now you’ve lost your privilege of spending the night. I’ll be there in five minutes, have your stuff gathered up.’
“He got in the car, and I asked him what was wrong. He said his friend’s grandpa was making him feel uncomfortable, but he didn’t know how to tell the friend he wanted to leave. Then he thanked me for getting him out of there.”
And mums in the comments were amazed by the simple trick – with many saying they were going to implement it with their own kids.
One person wrote: “I love this. Definitely going to implement a secure SOS system with mine.”
While another said: “This is a very good idea!”
Other mums agreed the code was genius, and said they already use something similar with their children.
Someone said: “My 17-year-old daughter and I have the flamingo emoji. If she’s ever in a situation and wants an out, I will call and go get her. No questions asked.”
As someone else posted: “We do this with our kids but have them say they feel like they are going to throw up and need to go home. They have all done it at least once.”
And a third wrote: “We use codes like this. Sometimes it’s a colour or a reference to the weather. Or ‘Look birds are flying’ or ‘I just a saw a bunny’. An object like a candle or window. We change it often so no one would know.”
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