I forgot to mention that Captain was a very bad parakeet while he was with my dad. He would screach and squawk from morning till night. My dad never let him out of his cage. Anyway when I came to pick him 5 days later he saw me and started cooing and trilling in his normal singing voice. My dad was like Wow I never heard him do that!" Mom came home he behaved.
Your kids will know what to do when you return