Need help with 15 month old

Megan - posted on 03/08/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter has started the independence stage, she runs away from me whether she's in trouble or not, she screams if she doesn't get her way. she wants nothing to do with anyone else but me but then she does whatever to get attention, i'm a stay at home mom i'm with her all the time. How do i tell her that these behaviors are unacceptable and to keep from getting mad. I had horrible post-partum depression and i still suffer from it.

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Kathleen - posted on 03/09/2010

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My son is 21m and he went through this phase. I got him like Sara said and get down or get him up so we're pretty much eye to eye and I continued to explain to him that it's not safe that he can not do that. He doesn't run too often from me. For screaming....try to ignore her. If she's not hurting anything or herself she's pretty much throwing a tantrum. Depending on her age she could be going through stranger shy. Even if you have a partner/husband because you're the one home with her all day it's easier to be with you. My son does it every so often and run from my husband and does not like strangers unless i'm with him. It is ok. Just remind her all the time it's not safe and must not run from mommy.

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Megan - posted on 03/09/2010

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Thank you very much i am beginning to love this site! you all are so helpful thank you so much! and no Sara i do not think that's mean, that's a good idea thanks for the tip...i am always scared she's going to hurt herself or choke on something but as she's getting older i realize i can't protect her from everything and that's its okay.

Sara - posted on 03/09/2010

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Megan, my daughter did this for a little bit when she was younger, now 2yrs old. What I would do is go and grab her, sit her on my lap and let her know that it is not okay to run away from me. She would also try running out the door. So one day I had my neighbor come over and right as she was trying to run out the door I had him pick her up and start taking off with her. I know this sounds mean but now she won't even go by the door unless it's with me or daddy. Good Luck and stay strong.

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