When we are out in public my 3 yo daughter will occasionally sprint down the sidewalk away from me. She thinks this is hilarious and laughs hysterically while she is doing it. SHe has even gone so far as to turn the corner and run up the sidewalk on a different street before I can catch her.
She usually does this when I am holding the baby or otherwise encumbered and am at a disadvantage so she can get a head start. She has never run into the road and we have worked with her a lot about car safety but I am terrified that she could run into the road. When I catch her I sternly tell her that what she is doing is dangerous and is not acceptable but she just laughs.
How do I get her to stop doing this? Has anyone else's children done this and how did you get them to stop? I have a feeling it is just my daughter's way of trying to assert her independence but how do I teach her that she needs to find other ways to do this?