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Running off

My daughter is a little over 18 months, and refuses to listen.. When i take her to the park she runs away.. Is there anything i can do to let her know she needs to stay by me? Will letting her run around on her own for a bit be a good or a bad idea? When we go out w/ friends, their children are a few months older and they stay by their parents side the entire time.

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:49 PM on Mar. 11, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I always told dd what would happen if she ran away. Like at the park, she could get taken and I'd never see her again, or in a parking lot I tell her she would get badly hurt, then taken from me.... she doesn't run away and will hide BETWEEN my legs when she sees a car now. One time she tried running away like that and I took her right home and told her it scared me because of what could have happened. A little harsh maybe, but it's not like it doesn't happen!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:54 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • have you considered one of those kid leashes?
    I see nothing wrong with them- better than a missing kid-

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:46 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • At this age I would follow her around... if she runs too far from you I would first give a warning, "you need to stay by mommy", second warning she gets a time out on a bench or something... 3rd time, you go home.
    When she's 2 she will be more ready for a little distance while playing... but not at 18 months.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 6:49 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • Thanks so much ladies!! Hopefully in a few more months she'll understand that running off is no good for mommy lol.. =D

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:52 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • We kept our daughter on a leash; it saved her life.

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:55 AM on Mar. 12, 2010

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