There are some kids who are terrified of the monkey bars, they won’t climb a rock climbing wall that goes more than five feet off the ground, and they’ll do anything else before they’d ride a roller-coaster. Then there are those who, if they really want something, maybe something that Mom or Dad put “out of reach,” are more than happy to MacGyver some sort of Jenga-like apparatus to get them up within reach of that toy/candy/treat. You know those kids, they’re the ones who wouldn’t think twice about clambering onto the roof of the backyard shed to dive into a mountain of snow.
Wesley Quilty‘s daughter is definitely in the latter category. He put a baby gate at his two-year-old’s bedroom door, but that didn’t stop her. It was just a tiny hurdle that she could easily hop over. So he did what he figured was the next best thing: he added another gate. But his little girl likes a challenge. Pfft, silly wabbit daddy.
Wow. The look of disbelief on Dad’s and Mom’s faces while she so brazenly scales the gates like they’re nothing is one of those things you have to see to believe. But what’s next — prison? Seriously, what do they have to do — lock her in her room like Rapunzel? And leave a potty in there for those just-in-case moments? Hmm, that’s not a totally bad idea.
The video has gone viral, since being picked up by ABC News, and while some people find the whole situation hilarious and warn Dad that he’s got a future rock climber and all-around badass on his hands, others worry that the kid’s going to break her neck and won’t be climbing anything ever again if she seriously hurts herself.
The most commonly used phrase in the Quilty house has likely gone from “Please come down” to “Get down from there right now!” to “Meh, what are you gonna do?” Because here’s the thing. She has no fear. No obstacle is, or will be, big enough to stop her from getting what she wants. For all we know, the kid doesn’t even realize that she’s giving her parents grey hair and high blood pressure. She’s just doing what she’s doing, without a care in the world. And her parents can only watch her for so long. They probably don’t have time to react until the stunt is already over.
While kids like this are just born this way, it’s up to the parents to keep them safe. Some would argue the Quiltys are not, but maybe they should be cut some slack. They would obviously prefer their daughter stayed in her room of her own accord, but they know that’s not going to happen. Perhaps they should throw down a crash mat or loads of pillows outside of the gates because she’s going to get out whether they like it or not. She’s a brave, confident, determined girl and those are qualities that shouldn’t be broken. Her limbs, on the other hand, are a different story.