I used to be one of those moms who would see parents with their kids on leashes and look down my nose at them. How dare they treat their child like a dog! That is sooooo demeaning! They obviously MUST be horrible parents! Those kids will definitely end up in therapy.
Today, I have officially eaten those words. I TOTALLY get it! Our two year old daughter, Tate, is a runner. No, I mean RUNNER!! Whatever she is doing and wherever she is going, she is running. Full out running. One evening, after working all day, I was dog-dead tired but had to go to the grocery store. Tate could not be coerced to sit in the seat of the grocery cart, so I told her she had to hold my hand. (That was mistake #1 – Never try to reason with a two year old. They will agree to anything to get what they want or don’t want at that particular minute.)
We actually made it a few rows in the store before she pulled loose from my hand. So I have to make that split-second decision to leave my cart and purse, or chase my daughter. The two year old won out and I began my chase. I ran past 6, yes 6 rows in Wal-Mart in MY HEELS, before finally catching her! It was a lovely sight to see. I am sure it was amusing to all lookers-on. However, not amusing to me.
Then I have the pressure of how to discipline her in public. At home this would result in time out definitely, or maybe even a pop on her leg. But in public! I don’t want the department of social services to have a talk about my parenting skills. Therefore, I felt my only option was a stern talk with Tate – which I’m sure had virtually no effect.
What do other parents of “runners” do? My other two girls were Stepford children compared to this one. How do I curb this innate drive to run away from me?? I am chasing this child all over the state! I even have started avoiding some things because I know it will be a chase-fest. All I can come up with is the baby leash. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
So today my least favorite child is Tate. : ( She makes me tired.
Aubrie 1/-2 Bell 3/0 Tate 3/-3 Jack 1/-1