I live in a cul-de-sac. My 18 month old daughter always runs down the driveway and onto the sidewalk then down the sidewalk. Sometimes she even runs out in the street - thankfully we don't live on a busy street. It's like I turn around for a second to do something such as pick up a piece of chalk to play with her and when I turn my head back, she is 2 houses down the sidewalk. She doesn't even seem to care that I tell her or scream NO. Then when I chase her and try to hold her hand and make her walk back, she collapses on her butt and sometimes throws herself all the way back and screams. She is still in diapers so I have tried firmly (but not too hard) popping her bottom over the diaper but she seems to laugh at it. Does anyone have any advice for how I can get her to quit running from me?
Please don't bash me, help me. I do not abuse my child when I swat her behind and I do pay attention to her, she is just fast. I firmly tell her no and she ignores me. I know she can hear because she has ear tubes and has been tested because of that.
Thanks in advance.