Anika - posted on 01/05/2012 ( 18 moms have responded )
Going through yet another problem with my 2 1/2 year old terror. He hates being confined to anything and has a very short attention span. His latest thing is running away from me when we are out in public. For example, today we went to the zoo. I had my pram with me, but he refuses to sit in it, and when I make him, he is now able to wriggle his arms free of the straps and starts getting himself out. I am fine with him walking, but he will not hold my hand most of the time and runs off. He ran off about 10 times today, one time so fast I almost lost him. It freaked me out and it's getting really stressful, I feel like I can't go out in public. I can't carry him anymore, he's too heavy and I'm pregnant with my 2nd. When he runs off, I have to try chase him with the pram and he thinks it's hilarious. I get down on his level and hold him firmly and tell him in a very stern voice no, you can not run off, you have to hold mummys hand or the pram. His vocabulary is pretty limited so I can't explain to him why he's not allowed to, but I know he knows he's not meant to run off. But because he's not taIking that much, I can't make a game out of it or really do anything to get him to stay by me.I also hate being really stern with him in public, because he throws the HUGEST tantrums, and then goes and does the same thing 5 minutes later anyway. The only thing I can think of now is one of those backpack harnesses for him, but knowing my son well I know he will also have a huge fit about one of those the whole time he would have it on. Please help! I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to watch a newborn and him out in public, what if I need to feed the baby and he runs off?