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    Default 5yr old son runs off!!!

    HELP!.... My DS5 Just keeps running off in public places... I HAVE to hold his hand at ALL times or he will just run, then touch stuff or completely ignore me. He always says "give me one chance mummy" so i will and within 2 minutes he is not listening, running off or touching stuff etc. then when i hold his hand he will pull on it, or drop to the ground.
    I hate going to the shops with him as its just hectic, i can't really go to the show or a school fete or anything coz its just an effort. What can i do to stop this? i'm at my wits end :S

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    What consequences does he get? You say he always asks for a chance but if you know he is just going to do it anyway then I would say 'no, I gave you a chance last time and you still ran off. If you can behave during this trip then I will be able to trust you and give you a chance next time'.

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    He's probably too old for it but I'd be using one of the back packs with the wrist straps and explaining until he can be a big boy and listen to you while you're out he'll have to wear it because you're worried he could get lost or hurt.

    The girls stopped running from me a while ago and it was after I told them they could get lost or hurt by a car if they run near the road.

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    Yes, I would use a backpack or a stroller. Give him one chance and if he blows it, he gets restrained.

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    I'd use the backpack too-and tell him that because he is acting like a baby, he'll have to be treated like one. He's old enough to be embarrassed and I think you'd have one little man behaving pronto!

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    I have to agree. While I usually loathe back packs with reigns at 5 I'd be expecting much better behaviour, and a good understanding from him that running off isn't acceptable and is downright dangerous. Does he have any special needs though that are behind it? I would hate to *punish* a child for behaviour that they don't have the ability to actually understand as being unacceptable.

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    I agree with the backpack/harness idea- even if the poor behaviour is related to a disability I would rather upset or humiliate my child by physically restraining them than have to scrape them off the road or have them grabbed by a stranger.


 

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