Older Children Coming Home After You've Gone to Bed - How Do You Distinguish Frm a BG

Older Children Coming Home After You've Gone to Bed - How Do You Distinguish Frm a BG

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    Older Children Coming Home After You've Gone to Bed - How Do You Distinguish Frm a BG

    So my wife and I have a son who will be old enough to drive shortly - terrifying in it's own right but that's another discussion...

    When they get old enough that they're coming home after you've gone to sleep how do you make double damn sure that you don't mistake them for a bad guy in your house? I know the mantra of 'identify your target' and how important that is but we all know this is a mistake that does happen. Any suggestions/ideas to double up on how make sure this a mistake that is not made when you know there will be someone coming into your house after you've called it a night?

    Thx in advance - mods feel free to relocate if there's more appropriate section.
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    My dog knows the difference between strangers and family. He's going to wake my up either way, but his bark is totally different for a family member.
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    Tell them to announce and not to try to be quiet!
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    REALLY????

    Come on now...you can figure this out...I know you can.
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    I had three. Never had to get out of bed. They were not quiet and the dog reaction was normal.

    There was one night when a strange truck was idling in my driveway at 2am, I shined the hand held on it to see my kid and the driver looking scared at me with their hands up.
    So he did listen after all.

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    Our kids are grown and gone, but every now and then either I or my wife may need to come in late. When we do, a loud and clear announcement is the procedure. Taking it one step further, we have a regular "all is well" announcement and one to be used if under duress to raise an alert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootnlead View Post
    REALLY????

    Come on now...you can figure this out...I know you can.
    I hear ya... has just always been a particular nightmare of mine. Not that it's not a concern for everyone but I guess it's just one I've always been more concerned about than other things that could go wrong.

    Clearly I'm just trying to make something easy hard.
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    With my son, all I had to do was wait about 20 seconds. If the fridge opened up it was him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conundrum View Post
    I hear ya... has just always been a particular nightmare of mine. Not that it's not a concern for everyone but I guess it's just one I've always been more concerned about than other things that could go wrong.

    Clearly I'm just trying to make something easy hard.
    Your fear and question are completely reasonable. Tragedies have indeed happened.

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    Not everyone endorses using a flashlight, as it gives away position (and what you do is fine w me); that said, I choose to err on the side of tragedy prevention.
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    Talk to your children - know when they will be entering and what entrance they will use. Explain that it is for their safety as well as yours. Ideally they should also announce their presence or call ahead to alert you they will be getting home soon.
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    I always heard my kids begging the dog to...SHUT (the hell) UP!
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    I grew up in a home with no guns, but IMO, ANY home with guns should have rules, discussions, preparations, etc for handling different situations. (Same for non-gun owning homes, and we did, just not gun-related.)

    My parents were/are not anti-gun however and supported my starting shooting. When they come to stay at my house, they have been told certain rules and procedures for a few different scenarios, including night time intruders.
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    Uhhh.....you just know !!!!
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