Why do some parents have their preschoolers in strollers ? And what age do you thinkk it's inappropriate and time to stop?
I am not meaning to sound judgemental, I am honestly wondering. I was at the mall tofday, with my mom and 3 1/2 y/o daughter, and we were letting ehr pick out ehr springtime/easter dress. I saw two other little girls there, about my daughter's age, one maybe just a tad younge, maybe late 2 or early 3 at the youngest, and the other about my girl's age or even odler possibly. They were both cramped and unahppy looking and looked like they just wanted tog et out, but the moms would yell at them if they tried to. Not scream but just speak in a firm harsh tone.
My daughter was walking around with us, and would soemtimes try to walk off etc, but I would simply remind her that that's not what you do at a store and you need to stay with the adults. And she'd listen...now I'm not saying she was always like this, but I hoenstly think that a strolelr is a crutch afetr awhile and it doesnt teacxh the kid how to act or move aorund in a store or how to stay with their parents. I udnerstand aprents are tired and just want to be in and out, but I still think it's silly to see a big kid ina s troller. I can see if they've been out all day and the kid is exhausted, or if the parent doesnt want to carry them as they are heavy at this age, but for just a small trip to a mall seems a ltitle overkill to me.
I realize I don't know their situation or what the kids had been doing all day...I'm just saying it looks funny and silly to me and am wondering if other moms think so too? I stopped using the stroller for little places when my daughter was 18 mons old...unelss it was a big shopping spree to the grocery store...but for just a few things or a new outfit then I would like to teach her how to walk around a store and how to act...it seems to have worked and it took a long time but it seems at 3 1/2 she behaves really well compared to other kids her age I see. Granted my daughter still has her (very very occasional and seldom) moments with a meltdown in a store and it's usually bc she's overtired...in that case we just leave...I don't keep her in a stroller to control her.
For kids like 2 or even 3 and up, What do you think? do you think it looks and seems silly? and that it's age-inappropriate? Or do you do it yourself? I am not talking about big trips to family amusement parks or huge all day outings, etc., but little places? Do you think it's better to teach a child to walk around and stay with their parents at a store instead of keep them contained? Do you think it can be like a "crutch" to some parents? What age do you think is the time to stop using the stroller? when did you stop with your kid(s)? If you haven't why do you do it for little things? how hard is it to just have them stay with you and hold your hand? And I mean kids with typical needs, not atypical or special needs chidlren.