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How to deal with it if our toddler runs away

What can you do if your toddler runs away? How can you stop them from doing it again, particularly if they just don't get it? We have some ideas in our Google Hangout on the topic.

Photo Credits: Kids running in the park and Kids running in Dandelion Field from Shutterstock

Have you ever had your toddler run away from you?  Is it one of your fears that you go on a day out and you suddenly find yourself with one less child?  Having a toddler running off is not something you even think about when you are expecting but as your child grows, both with age and confidence, how do you make sure they stay by your side.

This is the very subject I am talking about with our resident parenting coach, Beckie Whitehouse, of Be Confident Coaching.   In our hangout we discuss what we can do if our toddler runs away you and how you can encourage good behaviour from the start so that they know it is not acceptable to wander off.

One area of controversy is the use of reigns.  Should we use them?  Should we restrain our child or should we simply teach them that running off is not good for their safety?  Many parents do not like them but, for others, they can be a saviour.

Other areas of discussion are:

  • HOW can we teach our children to stay with you and not run off?
  • WHAT do we do if our toddler runs away and how do we show them that it is not the RIGHT thing to do?
  • HOW can we keep calm in front of our child if they have run away?
  • EXPLAINING the consequences of what can happen if your child does run off

Has your child ever run off?  How have you dealt with it?  Do you have a story to share?  Please do let us know of your situation in the comments below.

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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