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Your little child could take off and run in the street at any given moment. Toddlers’ spur of the moment behavior could be quite dangerous. Now that you know that, it’s time to instill a safety plan when you’re out and about. Let your toddler know the rules. Tell him he needs to stay with you at all times and hold your hand until you get to your destination. If he lets go, let him know you will hold him until you’re there. Give him a choice – Mama can hold you or you can hold my hand. Giving choices empowers children. Let your toddler know that if she runs off too far, you’ll have to leave your play date. Most parents stay very close to their toddlers, but it’s so common that a toddler could take off in a split second without even the most diligent mom knowing. If this happens, gather your toddler, sit with her and talk to her at eye level. Let her know that you know it’s so fun to run around, but she can’t run away. If she runs away again, the natural consequence is you need to leave the park and go to a more contained area. Letting your children know you understand their desires is key. They’ll be less resistant. However, setting limits early is always a good precedent.
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