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...anywhere. DS (~3yo) never wants to leave anyplace we go. Granny's, church, grocery store, park, friend's houses, walk around the block. I have a newborn and can't physically pick up DS to put him in his car seat.
TIA for any and all suggestions!
Be very wary of using rewards and punishments always. Bribing is a dangerous idea for a hundred reasons.
Two year olds are often caught in a very frustrating place of wanting to be independent and not be capable of it. I remember one very verbal two year old saying in the middle of a tantrum: " I don't want your help. I need your help."
Try to give them as much independence as you can. Practice "leaving" at a neutral moment, i.e. when you're not going any where. Teach him to do up his own coat. Teach him to do up his own car seat. To do up the babies car seat.
And be prepared to take more time. Kids that age don't have any sense of time, and they will take forever. But if it's the difference between you dragging him to the car kicking and screaming, and him walking on his own, go ahead and leave yourself 20 minutes.
Endless time. Endless patience. Childhood is brief enough-don't rush.
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