3 yr old boy

Jennifer - posted on 03/26/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 3 yr old seems to always run off. Im scared to let go of his hand whenever we go anywhere. He just takes off and is so fast I cant even catch him half the time. How do I get him to stay where I can see him?

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Shamarra - posted on 03/29/2014

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A pram is a stroller... Sorry. I get what you mean, when my oldest was doing sport I dreaded having to take my then 3yo with me because it would just be so stressful, especially when it goes for an hour, little kids only last so long before they get bored.
I found playing with him for the first half hour, doing whatever, maybe even if you have an ipad or iphone he can play games on it?? Then for the last half hour put him in the stroller & give him something to eat.
I think at this point it doesn't matter what he likes. Make him stay in the stroller, he is old enough now to understand the consequence of running off.

Jennifer - posted on 03/27/2014

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Thanks for the advice. Whats a pram? I actually lost my son at a store cause he ran off, Luckily I found him but it was the scariest thing ever. Now with spring coming up my girls play softball and we go to a lot of games. I am so scared hes gonna run off at a game. Some games have play grounds so he can play and I can sort of watch the game while he plays but then some fields don't and I know hes not gonna stay by me and play with his toys or something. in the blink of an eye he could disappear. Hes so fast. He will never stay in a stroller I know that for a fact. especially for a two hour game. When we go shopping I do make him hold my hand of stay in a stroller and I just make sure I don't take too long. after the incident where I lost him, im so scared now.

Shamarra - posted on 03/26/2014

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My son used to do this from the moment he could walk. I couldn't deal with it, so he was either in the stroller or I used a child restraint. When he got a little older, about 2 years old, he had a choice, either stay put & hold my hand, or into the pram. He used to sneak away too & run across the road which scared the daylights out of me. I tried bribery, threats etc but he was just an active kid who couldn't sit still, so until he was older & I knew he would stop running off (and when we ran off he didn't stop) he was stuck in the pram or on the restraint.

I would say if he can't stay with you, just keep him in the pram, it is safer & it is less stressful for you. My son used to throw a tantrum when I put him in, I would just turn the pram around so he couldn't see me & ignore him. He soon stopped.

Courtney - posted on 03/26/2014

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Hello,
I have the same problem with my son and he's 5 now. When we go out side he runs to the road and doesn't listen. So what I did was I put a fence up around my yard so he can't wonder off. When I bring him to a store either he has to sit in the basket or push it with me. If he does good and stays with me I will alow him to get a treat whenever we leave some place. Try it out with you son it worked for me.

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