How do I teach my son not to run away from me?

Pamela - posted on 06/05/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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He loves to be chased-thinks it is a game, he is also very independent and curious, of course this is the age for his curiosity. But once he gets away from me or DH there he goes. Now besides tieing a rope around his waist I am hoping you ladies may have some ideas for me??

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Amy - posted on 06/20/2009

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Keep an eye on him but don't chase unless he is headed for danger. As soon as he sees you aren't playing, he will come back. Also, i bought a backpack that includes a leash for my boy- he loves it because he is wearing a backpack like Daddy, and I love it because he can't get too far away.

Crystal - posted on 06/14/2009

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stop making a big deal out of it like saying OMG dont do that!! or not raising your voice, the more you make a big deal out of something the more kids do it. I knwo its hard when you are near a road, but if you are in a familiar place and they cant go far, dissapear on him for a chance instead of chasing him, and show him what it would feel like if he ran away and got lost, maybe then he will understand why you dont want him to do that!!

Angela - posted on 06/09/2009

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I have twin girls and until they learn what "stay close to momma" means, I bought them "Buddies" at Target. They are Monkey or Bear harnesses that look like back packs with tails. The girls love to wear them-even when we are not out and about-and it took them about 5 min. to understand their boundries. Now we go walking with them @ the zoo and they just have a blast! I know that they look like dog leases and that a lot of people do not agree with me, but I don't care-my kids are safe and I am teaching them.

Kristin - posted on 06/08/2009

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Yeah my son is doing that. But when he runs it always seems to be straight to the road. And I haven't found anything that works except sitting him down or just bringing him inside. Let me know if you find something that work.

Darella - posted on 06/07/2009

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you could try incorporating the freeze motion into his chase games. tell him a new part of the game is for him to freeze when you say 'freeze' then he will learn to stop on your command.

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