Mom praises for easy doorbell hacking, it means my kids ALWAYS listen to me

As mothers, sometimes it feels like we have to be on our guard to make sure our baby is safe actually do what they say.

If you’re sick and tired of constantly calling up the stairs, then you might want to apply Kelly Smith’s top parenting tips.

Kelly rings the doorbell in Wilko


Kelly rings the doorbell in WilkoCredit: Kennedy News
She uses them to tell her three kids when it's time to eat or when they take too long in the shower


She uses them to tell her three kids when it’s time to eat or when they take too long in the showerCredit: Kennedy News

Earlier this month, the 39-year-old decided to install a doorbell in her kitchen that is connected to a doorbell she has set up in her three children’s bedrooms – allowing her to effectively communicate with them from home. downstairs.

Kelly, from Taunton, Somerset, said: ‘They don’t ignore me if I scream and they are quite docile but my eldest just found out about Green Day.

“Initially he was really polite and played it softly but I told him it was Green Day and he needed to play it with a little volume.

“Then two of my other people watch movies so it saves me from having to stand at the bottom of the stairs fighting music and movies – I can just ring the bell.”


While the doorbell is great for calling the kids over to dinner, Kelly also uses it to tell her 13-year-old Xavier when he’s showered for too long.

She explains: “Xavier’s hygiene routine is very important to him so when he showers he carries a bell and if he takes too long I can let him know it’s time to go. go out.”

That said, things haven’t worked out – and Xavier, eight-year-old Isla, and six-year-old Cohen, initially enjoyed taking their mother out of the house.

“My first mistake was putting them in the living room, where they had access to them.

“My six-year-old thought it was fun to ring his brother’s bell but Xavier took things very literally so he [constantly] up and down.

“I think it’s best to put them in the kitchen cupboard out of sight, this will prevent them from playing pranks on each other.”

Kelly, who bought two doorbells from Wilko for £5.50 each, shared the hack on social media, where parents hailed her as ‘genius’ and some said they ‘ Can’t wait to try it for my kids.

Kelly said: “It was crazy when it was done. All the comments were really positive except for one who said ‘I wouldn’t treat my dog ​​that way’.

“I think it’s really interesting that someone would try to say that. A lot of people say they’ve been doing it for years.

“People have called me a genius, I wouldn’t claim that crown myself but it was great to read.”

Kelly decided to use a ‘game changer’ doorbell to get the kids’ attention because she doesn’t allow Wi-Fi in their bedroom.

Kelly rings the bell at least three times a day including at mealtime and claims her kids ‘like’ the idea.

“We use them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but also if we have guests or calls coming in and picking up their laundry or if we’re going out,” says Kelly.

“The kids fell in love with them right away, we’ve been using it for a few days and it’s a game changer.

“I’ve seen on social media that people use Alexa but it won’t work for us. It’s not one size fits all, what works for my family won’t fit. suitable for others.”

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Creative Kelly picked up the doorbell last week but said it changed the entire atmosphere in the house and the kids would respond immediately.

“My kids are really good and independent, wonderful and they have their own business,” Kelly said.

“I don’t allow internet use in their rooms because I’m very concerned about security, that’s my personal choice, but that means no Alexas or anything like that.

“On this particular day, we met with Wilko for shelter from bad weather and they had a constant doorbell.

“There’s something in me that makes me stop to watch and my son says ‘what do you want the doorbell to call you?’

“I picked two and just said I had an idea that I thought might not work, but I wanted to give it a try.

“Screaming in the house stresses the parent and the child.

“People are so much calmer because there’s no such tension. Life is already stressful enough.”

After sharing his handy hack on Facebook, the post went viral with over 23,000 likes, shares, and comments.

Inspiring social media users flooded the post with compliments, praising her idea.

One person wrote: “Genius ideas, though I’ll take the batteries out once I know them.

“We used to use their Alexas but they just ignored them. Now they have warm dinners.”

Another commented: “Love it. Much easier than Facetiming them and they don’t answer! Discount to buy two doorbells.”

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Dais Johnston

Dais Johnston is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Dais Johnston joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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