Yes. If I couldn't convince my dh that it was wrong, I'd absolutely say this.
Originally Posted by nwaddellr
My DH did this once at the playground and I told my DS essentially "I guess Daddy's going home without us. We'll have to find another way home." He hasn't said that again.
Originally Posted by robin4kids
Sorry, I have 4.5 kids. My first son was always holding things up when he was little. Now while i never said those exact words I have been know to say, "I am leaving, Bye!" If they don't come, I would start to walk away. If they still did not come I would go back and get them. I think it is better than grabbing your kid and yelling at them or worse spanking them. I have seem this on many occasions. I must say I don't think I ever said it to my kids before they were 2. I don't know. My kids know I would never leave without them, but they also know i would leave the house and sit in the car and wait for them. My children hate when they are the last in the car and they know they are the reason we are late somewhere. My kids are older though. They are 10-3 years, so all but the 3 year old, know about time.
Originally Posted by mamaduck
I don't EVER threaten to leave my kids, but I learned something from reading Continuum Concept that has worked for us. I make sure they know what is expected. For us, that means 10, 5, and 2 minute warnings. Then "Do your last thing," And then, "Okay! Time to go!" Then I walk slowly away and don't look back. It is their responsibility to keep up. If I walk around a corner, I stop and wait, but they can't see that. I do not stand an negotiate endlessly.