Thursday, May 13, 2010
Always inform neighbors and give them written permission to call police. Drop hints of this in casual conversation with kids.
Count number of children and pets before leaving.
Note mileage, gas level and radio station of the parental vehicles.
Always take note of the level of garbage (and recycle) in the outside can(s) before leaving and upon return. If there’s less when you return you can be certain that someone has some 'splainin' to do.
Give kids your itinerary showing you'll return one day later than you actually will.
Be sure to leave emergency money/credit card and check receipts against change/statements.
Hide all duct tape and rope.
If kids are overly anxious to greet you, suspect that they're engaging in a distraction technique.
Make sure parental TV lock has not been hacked.
Look through digital cameras, cell phone pictures and Facebook pages. Kids tend to be dumb and will take pictures and post evidence of their dirty deeds.
Always check to see if those little indentations in the carpet from the furniture are showing. If they are the furniture has been moved.
Search all cabinets and walls, even behind plants, for signs of cherry tomato fights.
Check grout lines, and beneath items on kitchen counter, for flour that was most probably used in a flour fight.
Check youngest kids for bruises.
Examine all picture frames to see if they've been changed out.
Search the house for new bottles of Super Glue.
Make sure dogs still have whiskers and eyelashes.
If house is sparkling clean, you know that something's up.
Always peruse mugshotlist.com.
If all else fails pay off the weakest link.