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ACK -- one of my biggest fears almost came true today! We were in a store parking lot, I was getting Zoe out of the carseat and into the sling, and Ean (26 months) was standing between my legs and the car. He knows very well that he's not supposed to run off when I'm getting Zoe out of the car -- he'll often say "no run away, Ean get hurt, and Momma get scared".<br><br>
I don't know what got into him today, but he wiggled away from me and ran out into the very busy, and very dangerous parking lot. I yanked him back by his arm (probably harder than I should have, but it was more a fear-for-his-life reaction than anger), bent down, and told him over and over again that he cannot run away from momma. I also told him he had to ride in the stroller instead of walking. Of course, his response was to clap and say "stroller, yeah, stroller" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
I know he's only 26 months, and I know he can't be counted on for impluse control. I obviously need to be more careful, but what should I be able to expect from him at this age -- FWIW, he's very verbal and very bright.<br><br>
What have others done about dangerous behaviors?
 

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My dd went thru a stage when she would dart, but I could usually gauge when she would based upon her mood. When she was feeling ornery and oppositional, she would probably dart.<br><br>
So, I learned to put her directly from the car into the stroller, or to get her buckled into the stroller before leaving the store and entering the parking lot, etc. I could not trust her AT ALL to hold my hand, as she would wiggle out and dart <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> .<br><br>
I also had 2 "toddler leashes" that I kept in the car, and she sometimes chose to hold my hand and wear the "leash" (just no good word for those things....) rather than ride in the stroller as she has always hated the stroller.
 
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