Originally Posted by GC_Mom
My 5.5 year old son asks for the stroller if we're going to the mall or somewhere else where he'll be expected to walk for a long time (we rented strollers on a recent trip to Sea World and Legoland). Often times it is him in the stroller and my 3.5 year old walking. My son has low muscle tone along with some other problems so he likes a little break during a long day. If I still had my double stroller I'd use that as my 3.5 year old has autism and is known to often dart and wander off. Two eyes...two kids...busy mom.
So what I'm saying is that when you see an older child in a stroller please don't automatically assume that the parent is into "caging" their kids or that their kids are lazy and bound to be obese (I'm not saying the OP specifically is, just using 'you' in a general term). There are often times underlying problems that account for the stroller use in older children. FWIW my kids were both slung as long as they wanted to be slung - my son stopped liking the sling about 4 and my daughter about 2.5.
: I was just looking at (turned 3 in January) ds last night as we pushed him in the jogging stroller for a walk around the neighborhood thinking, "what will we do when he outgrows the stroller?"
My ds has autism, he does not consistently hold hands (he used to not hold hands at all...we've been working on this) and is known to dart into parking lots, streets, etc.. He LIKES to ride in the jogging stroller. Last night we went for a walk simply because he literally climbed into the stroller (it was parked in the garage, we were hanging out in the yard) and said "ride?"
When I thought of getting a bigger stroller to accommodate him, I immediately
thought gee I'll bet there'll be a lot of people who will see him the stroller and leap to judgement.
So it goes.