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|I started the second DS started walking. I made it a non-negotiable, like carseats. When we are outside walking, he holds my hand, period.|
Originally Posted by Melaya
I started young. After she had learned how walk, when she was starting that "I want to do it all by myself" attitude (maybe 17 or 18 months?) We'd go somewhere like the mall. I'd put her down and we'd walk with me holding her hand. I was always sure to thank her and tell her how great it was that she was holding my hand. If she started to fight or get really upset and try to let go, I'd pick her up and carry her for a while (letting her know that if she won't hold my hand, she doesn't get to walk). When she'd get sick of that and start to wiggle lots, I'd put her down, remind her that she needs to hold mommys hand, and hold her hand. I always remind her in public to "hold my hand". She's very quick to do it. I'd say once every month maybe does she have a fit about it or not want to. So really it hasn't been that hard for me to teach her, it took maybe a week of practice at the mall (while I was 6 months pregnant) and now she's awesome about it (she's 21 months now).
Originally Posted by reezley
I decided to get down on his level (thank you, Supernanny!) and have a little chat with him about what a street is, and what a sidewalk is, and that cars go in the street, and showed him the yellow lines, etc., and that people walk on sidewalks. I pointed to the sidewalk and told him we need to stay on the path. He was much more cooperative after that! I don't know if he just hadn't really understood why he can't go in the street, or if he just appreciated the attention of the explanation. But it worked - at least for that walk!
Kate, mom to 7 year old Djuna and 4 yr old Alden. Missing our good friend Hal the cat who died June 2, 2010
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