OK, I know it's totally normal (I hope!) developmentally (DS is 17 months), and I probably have contributed to it myself with running around and playing "tag" together sometimes, but when do toddlers stop running away from you, laughing hysterically, when you've asked them to come to you? I'm just getting tired of having to constantly go get him when he needs a diaper change, when he has managed to get something I don't want him to break (the cordless phone, the TV remote), or if he is endangering himself due to his daredevil escapades (he is quite the climber). I have finally realized that the more I "chase" him, the funnier he thinks it is so unless it's a safety thing I haven't been really feeding into it, I just stay boring and approach him slowly....I know I can't expect a 17-month-old to respond to me every time, or even most of the time, so I guess I'm just looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. :LOL
I've taken to making his diaper change and PJ time in the evening a 3 stage process: Get him on a run-by to get the clothes off.....get him on the next run-by to get the diaper off and the new one on....get him on the last run-by to get on the jammies...the alternative is pinning him down and forcibly doing it all at once, which just is NOT my style.
Just wondering if anyone knows when this *fun* stage starts to wind down? Or, doesn't it? Or, is there something else I can do to help it happen less?
Input is greatly appreciated; I'm starting to get pooped, and quite frankly, a little emotionally drained! Commiseration would be even better, so I know I'm not alone!!