KELLY BROWN: One moment he was playing, the next he sent me into panic mode

Have you ever had a moment when your child takes hiding from you just that little bit too far?

Because on Sunday I was in full panic mode when my son decided to hide from everyone and it was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life.

He was quite happily playing with his sister and his cousins one moment, and the next it was a full search party around the house.

Now he plays hide and seek all the time with his little sister around the house and in the garden. And as a result I know all his favourite hiding places around the house – or at least I thought I did. Under my bed, next to his bed, under the table, in the bathroom, under the slide... I know them all.

And while they may not be the most sophisticated hiding places in the world, it is often enough to puzzle and entertain his little sister.

Her hiding places, on the other hand, are adorably rubbish. Sitting on her bed while giggling away or copying her brother’s last hiding place is about as complicated as it gets for my three-year-old.

But I digress, back to my son taking things a bit too far. He was happily playing games with his playmates until he hit a serious problem for a five-year-old boy.

They were all girls and wanted to play with the Barbie dolls – something he absolutely did not want to do.

He decided to hide from everyone so when I went upstairs to check on them, he was nowhere to be seen.

The girls thought he was playing in his room and started searching. I looked in all his usual hiding places but he was not there and didn’t answer when I asked him to come out.

Then his aunties started looking around – one even going outside in case he had snuck out of the house.

Then all of a sudden I spotted a foot sticking up in the air from underneath a pillow on my bed – he had laid so flat there was no way to see him easily.

He had obviously heard the panic in my voice, realised he had taken it too far and didn’t know what to do.

He had scared himself as well as me. Not something I want to repeat!