My 3 year old ran away from home

Courtney - posted on 03/27/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 3 year son woke up and snuck out and ran off this morning. We were all sleeping and instead of waking up his father and I, he snuck out and ran to the school next door. Luckily someone saw him playing at the school and picked him up and called the police. Now I feel like an awful person because I'm used to him always waking us up when he wakes up. I need him to understand that this is a big deal and that he never needs to do it again. But he is very hard headed and never listens. Running off is a first for him. All I can think about is the horrible things that could have happened. Is there anyone who has been in this situation? If so what did you do???

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Mary - posted on 04/21/2016

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Hi Courtney,
That def sounds scary! But while I think it is important for you tell him that he is not to do that again, it is also just as important for you to know you have to be more on your game with him. I know what you mean about being used to him waking you up, but since something horrible very well could have happened to him, I would suggest setting an alarm and waking up before him every morning.

Cc - posted on 04/12/2016

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That's so scary!!!! My son just turned four and woke up and left the apartment while his father was sleeping and I was dropping my other son to school. Luckily, a neighbor found him playing in the lobby of the building and took him inside. I yelled at him initially and then spoke to him about how dangerous it was and what could have happened. Who knows if he really understands. I'm actually not sure what to do about this either, but that lock idea sounds like it would be the most effective way to ensure he doesn't get out again. I felt terrible, too, but had to remind myself that it wasn't anyone's fault. Moments like these are why I have gray hairs in my 20's...

Marjele - posted on 04/06/2016

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Go to the store and buy door locks that go at the top of the door so even if he gets the bottom unlocked and turns the handle the top is still locked and he can't reach.

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