I have quite a few of theese...and I have been reminded of many more as I read this thread.
Of things the kids did:
DS1 dared DS2 to touch the screw in the uncovered light switch (DH had been painting)....with his toungue!! It tripped the fuse & the lights went out!
Ds1 was 7 DD was 2....he thought I was out front and opened the door & let her out - then went back to playing on computer. (She had just been in the backyard with Dad & I had taken a break from washing dishes to pop in at a neighbors) 20-30 min later.....I come home....as Dh (who just came in from the yard) is answering the door to complete strangers holding DD!!! They had found her walking down the middle of the road, around the corner...and were going door to door until someone claimed her!!!!!!
We live in a small town now. DS2 (12) dd(10) & ds4(4.5) were eating burgers in the car. I took DS5(1.5) in the store with me to get a couple of quick things. DS1(15) walked in with me just to use the bathroom & went right back out to the car. He came back in and told me ds4 is not in the car. I said, "That's not funny!" We took off in different directions looking....I was headed for the parking lot...and saw him with a lady at customer service........appearently with all the library books we'd just got, the 2 big kids (who really are normally responsible with the 2 little ones) didn't notice him get out of his car seat, open the van door, and walk through the gas station headed for a hobby shop. (with a train table) ...I know this reflects badly on me....but really!!!! They are pretty mature & should have noticed!
The most scared for his life I've been:
DS2 was 4yo, trotting to the edge of our pool & trying to do a connon ball. But he was slow & uncoordinated. He would start his jump too far from the edge & slowly lean back as he brought his knees up. I told him to stop. He could only jump straight forward - no cannonball - his head was coming too close to the wall. He did what I asked a few times....then as I was talking to DH - fear crossed his face....I turned just in time to see him going in - the back of his skull seemed to barely miss the edge. Then he came up screaming and bleeding!!!!!!! He was missing a hunk of skin & hair - but an inch closer would have taken off the back of his skull!!!!!!!
When DS5 was 1 week old, we were at a big Easter egg hunt & picnic at a local park......hundreds of people. I was so used to having DS4 on my hip ALL. THE. TIME. and keeping my eyes on the 3 bigger ones.....well, now that I had the new baby in the sling, I was setting DS4 down on his own feet....we had just gotten our hotdogs & drinks...navigated the crowd & found a spot to sit on the grass. I was sitting there, with my Mom, eating & looking around at the kids....and it took me a few minutes to realize something wasn't quite right. I counted the kids 1. 2. 3. 4....but I have 5 kids now?! I actually looked them over & counted them again 3 more times - making sure I counted the one in the sling - and I couldn't figure out who was missing until I ran through their names!!!!! The almost 3yo was missing! He was at another picnic blanket out of sight, visiting with a little girl!
Ds5 is only 3yo, but he has done so many insane and/or dangerous things around the house - in the kitchen especially - I just can't list them. He is so physically able...I just can't watch him...but he never gets hurt - though he has broken alot of things, & made BIG messes...he gets a real kick out of it!
DD was 6yo, we were in the toy section. She was with her brothers, and I looked at something in the next isle - looked back & she was gone! We looked all through toy section - several times - sure she must be there. She wouldn'tjust take off. Looked around some more, then went to the front (if we ever get seperated, my kids head to the cashiers to wait for me) Finally, my name was called to come to crafts. We had been there before the toys, and for some reason she thought I was still there while they went to the toys. She came looking for me to tell me something, didn't find me & went up to the lady at the craft counter....but got very interested in what she was working on.....so DD starts talking to the lady &asking questions & they just talk & talk!! The lady assumes that Mom is in that section, until finally dd pipes up with "Oh, yeah! I don't know where my mom is. Could you call her?"
After they've been chatting for 20min! The lady commented on how confident & sure of herself she was!
Oh! Which reminds me of when she was barely 4yo & I had a brand new baby. We were at a water park; Dh had taken ds1 to a big slide, while I watched her & the almost 6yo at a little kiddie splash area. I was nursing the baby & watching them. There was a big structure in the middle, so at times would go out of site as they ran around. I hadn't seen dd come back around at one point, but I couldn't get right up to look. By the time I was about to get up, dh was back & I told him to look around the other side. We found her just off from the kiddie area, where you get a mat, and climb up a long metal staircase to a platform with 3 slides to choose from. She was sliding over & over again - loving it! There was a lifeguard there to stop little kids that didn't meet the height limit (I don't think dd was tall enough) but she was sooo confident & sure of what she was doing the guy thought she must already been given the 'go ahead'. None of us had gone over to that yet - so its not like she saw the 9yo do it first...and the 6yo was terrified of it!!!
Of stuff I've done:
I almost always have 7-8 kids with me in the summer. I've left kids behind places like bibleschool & gymnastics!
I've locked the doors & gone to bed...not realizing a kid is still at a neighbors house.
The other morning....at around 10 - I realized I hadn't seen DD - and she wasn't here? I couldn't remember for the life of me where she was! (spent the night at a friend's)
The kids were all watching a tree get cut down & the guy commented on how many kids I had - asked if I fostered. I told him they were all mine....after he left & I was actually feeding them, I realized I has 3 extra & hadn't even noticed!! I guess my kids snuck them in!
I felt horrible once, when I had tipped forward the captain seat behind the driver & not got it latched back in properly. Later, The baby was in the car seat in that seat, and as backed down our long driveway....bumped over the end onto the road & shifted into drive....the whole seat slammed forward into the back of mine
carseat & all!! Poor baby, but he wasn't hurt. Well, he must have been almost 2 already, because he was facing forward.
Oh...I can think of more...but I'll quit! But there was another REALLY scary one. When DD was 4, playing with Dad...he thought she had gone to me in my bedroom. She had made a detour out to the van in the driveway (normally it was in the garage with sidedoors open) to get a toy. She couldn't get herself out. Dh found her very hot & drowsy. This was in FL in May....we were very lucky it was a VERY overcast day. That was scary.
These sound bad grouped together - but these are all over 16 years - lots happens!