Originally Posted by UUMom
I acutally have had a problem at times with seeing with people holding the hands of 2 yr olds when walking a lot. The poor kid's arm must cramp up. How uncomfortable, really. I only say that because you most always see the toddler trying to take his hand away. That can't feel great.
That's my daughter, to a tee! We were at the mall a few weeks ago and I let her down out of the Ergo to walk around. She immediately headed into the nearest shop to pull stuff off the shelves (which happened to be a salon, oh the joys of shampoo bottles!
). When I tried to hold her hand, not only was her arm stretched up way over her head, but she'd pull it away and/or promptly fall to the floor and scream. If I let her go she was happy as a clam. I finally got so sick of picking her up and dragging her away from the store fronts kicking and screaming that I had to put her back in the Ergo, where she screamed the entire way back to the car.
So what do I do? Force
her to hold my hand, while I drag her sliding on her butt, all in the name freedom from "containment devices"? Let her shoplift (which she'd happily do, grab a shampoo bottle and run..lol)? Make her sit in a stroller or back pack? Or *gasp* use a harness so she can happily explore while I redirect her in a way that is not forceful and almost makes her think it's *her* idea, without reefing her arm up over her head? Let me tell you, I've thought about it!
Long story short, I totally agree with you.