How do you get your child not to run from you at crowded places like the zoo? Without using a leash.

Brittany - posted on 11/27/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter is a little over two and a half and she has a problem with running off in crowded areas. I am not even sure of an appropriate punishment for it at the time. HELP!!!!

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Geneyem - posted on 11/28/2009

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I would tell my two year old that if she didn't hold my hand then she will have to go in the stroller. So basically it was up to her if she wanted to walk. And once she let's go of my hand we tell her that she's going in the stroller because that's what she wants to do...and if she still wants to walk then she'll hold my hand again.

Samantha - posted on 11/28/2009

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We tryed a different approach with my eldest daughter that worked a treat.. I used to ask her to stay with me and hold my hand because I didn't want to get lost... it made her feel very important and grown up because she was helping me!

C. - posted on 11/27/2009

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Why can't you use a stroller? Even if your child can walk and you're going to someplace like the zoo, you need a stroller or a backpack carrier anyway b/c their feet can get too tired and badly blistered if you make them walk all that way. I would use a stroller.. Not to mention that you'll have a place to put your purse and the diaper bag. Who wants to lug those around all the time??

Valerie - posted on 11/27/2009

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It would be tough at first but with my 2 year old I have not been afraid to put her on time out after one warning...even with people around. After that I make it clear we will leave if she can't behave, grocery story, zoo, doesn't matter. On top of that I make sure to spend lots of time redirecting her attention. I make her my helper by pushing the cart, helping me carry the diaper bag or something in it, etc. This way she feels important and wants to stay by you to help you out. If she starts to run off, just point out something interesting right by you. Hope these suggestions help!

Renee - posted on 11/27/2009

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I am starting to have the same issue with my son who is 18mos old. He doesn't want to stay in the cart or his stroller and wants to get out and run. He doesn't get the consept of holding hands for more than 30 seconds. He will through a fit if I try to keep him in the cart or stroller, so I tell him that we will just go home. Sometimes after 5 min of a fit in the cart and everyone staring at me, he calms down and we can continue on our "mission" be it grocery shopping or anything else. Due to me living out in the county, it is hard to just leave the store if he won't behave as it takes about 30 min just to get there.

Rebecca - posted on 11/27/2009

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We use our stroller. If he throws a fit we tell him we will go home and he calms down. the only time he is taken out is if it's to go on my husbands shouders.

Jamie - posted on 11/27/2009

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Well Im not one who believes in the harness thing. holding hands always helped just think we should keep our pets on a leash and our kids holding our hands.. try using rewards if she's good.. let her know about the reward before hand.. you have to be blunt though let her know why it isnt safe to run into crowds.. you're not puttin fear into her just becareful of your words! but if she doesnt follow through with being good. then she gets tv taken away. if she doesnt listen . you have to set ground rules let her know what is in it for her if she listens and IF she doesnt! take her most pride possesion away! or privledge.... there's ways of going about being firm and not being cruel.....

Brittany - posted on 11/27/2009

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Well the leash is a game to her that is why I choose not to use it....I have one with a harness. She can also unbuckle herself from her stroller...Go Dad for teaching her how to use buckles! It is just an umbrella stroller not to hard of a buckle to use though!

Ashley - posted on 11/27/2009

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if u dont want to put her on a leash then i'd be putting her in a stroller......

Brittany - posted on 11/27/2009

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They have super cute little back packs now made to look like a stuffed animal that have a harness you can put around em

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