Who’d ever dream that I could have so many things in common with a celebrity like Kelly Ripa?
First, we both have the same son-to-daughter ratio: She has 2 boys to 1 girl. I have 8 to 4. Proportionally, that’s equivalent.
Second, each of us enjoys a decades-old marriage. She and her husband, Mark Consuelos, celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary in May. Doug and I will celebrate our 32nd in August. Same digits, reverse order.
Third, we both have daughters whose 18th birthday fell on Father’s Day this year. Here’s wishing her Lola and my Rachel many happy returns!
And fourth, Kelly was mortified when her newly-minted-adult daughter walked in unexpectedly last Sunday and caught Mom and Dad in the middle of an early morning celebration.
Unfortunately, that has happened at our house, too. Only, in our case, it was Christmas Eve morning (not Father’s Day), and our adult son interrupted the action. (To read the rest of that story — including the silver lining — visit my marriage blog Loving Life at Home).
How to Avoid this Kind of Embarrassment
Meanwhile, I’ve designed some free printable door hangers to keep what happened to Kelly Ripa from happening to you. Because locks sometimes fail (experience speaking).
And parents need privacy. This will (hopefully) be an ongoing need, no matter how many decades you’ve been married. These handy notices will ensure your kids stay as far away from the master bedroom as they can get:
For optimal results, pick the one that best suits your personality, print it on card stock, laminate it, and use with unfailing frequency. Even younger children will learn that, when that sign is on the door, it means their parents need some time out.