Ah. My little wolf. He is a leader, not a follower. A wolf, not a sheep. My free-spirited.... WHY WON"T YOU WALK WHERE MOMMY NEEDS YOU TO?!!
*ahem* Anyway. The last several weeks I've been getting this bout of neck strain. My friend thinks it's along the lines of a repetitive stress injury, from carrying my son around, as the side of my neck that is straining, is the side of my body I carry him on most often.
He's 2. And he doesn't care if we walk away. If I try to take his hand, or his arm, and gently lead him, he cries out and sinks himself to the ground.
But yet, the instant he sees the cloth carrier(which I haven't used, to honor his wishes), he screams bloody murder. I can't keep carrying him around when we need him to go a direction we need to go, and the stroller we have is massive, and bulky(from a travel system, so.....) he also screamed bloody murder last time he was in that thing. The boy hates being restrained, as I said...free-spirit. We don't even put him in a high chair, for the same reasons, and I really, really wish we had gotten him used to a pacifier for the carseat, because after a certain while he gets antsy in that and starts crying.
He truly lives up to the meaning of his name. Little Hawk of Battle.
Anyway, so I'm asking for some help here, from you guys. I think his main issue is he feels trapped. He knows at first cry no one is whipping him out of the restraint. And it's not because we don't honor or respect his wishes, but because mentally, we try to cross out any other reasons he's crying. Y'know? It makes it worse for him when he can't let himself out. I try to honor his independence as much as possible, and place myself in his shoes. I hate feeling trapped, too.
My solutions right now are bringing his wagon with us to use instead of a stroller(he *LOVES* that thing-but I'm not sure it will fit in cargo..it's pretty bulky), using a leash, or getting an umbrella stroller.
I also wanted to note: I oppose any suggestions of; "Well, you're the parent, make him walk." My MIL pretty much already said this to me(only, she used the phrase "boss"...*shudders*), and I had everything I could do to refrain from telling her to shut her mouth. Our son is 2 years old. He only can do so much walking until his legs are exhausted, =\
Edited by EchoSoul - 5/17/13 at 5:02pm