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    Default Lost my child (briefly) at the shopping centre...

    Today I lost my 4 year old at the shopping centre and I can't seem to pull myself together and feel like the worst parent ever. It happened so quickly. I was in a shop with her and she stopped to look at something while I kept walking to the other end of the aisle. The aisle wasn't even that long and I went around the corner and realized she hadn't seen me move on so popped my head around the corner to call her and she was gone. I looked at the other side and she wasn't there either. It was barely 10 seconds and she had disappeared. I panicked when I realized she must have headed out to the entrance of the shop. I started to run and called out her name. I heard a child screaming from a distance and saw some people turn their heads and ran in that direction. She was running and crying so I yelled at her to stop. Fortunately a lady saw me and told my daughter I was running up behind her. It all happened so quickly but I feel so sick inside that I could let this happen. We hugged for such a long time - she was extremely distressed as was I. Was wondering if anyone had similar experiences to share so I don't feel so guilty

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    Yes - don't feel bad.

    I lost my daughter once when she was standing right next to me.

    I also lost her once in a - thankfully - small supermarket and found her quickly.

    But I know exactly how you felt. It's a very special kind of panic.
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    It's happened a few times with my 4 yr old son, he just bolts, and he thinks he's SO funny! He just about gives he a heart attack every time he does it. It is pretty scary at that age, their situational awareness is pretty non-existant.

    It definitely happens to everyone at some stage or other. Don't beat yourself up.

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    Heart wrenching try not to feel too guilty though. It can happen to anyone.

    I haven't lost DS but my brother used to wander off so often that the people at the front desk of our local supermarket knew him and mum by name.

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    How scary! Glad you're both ok!

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    My ds has done a runner in a shopping centre before. I was beside myself, crying hysterically and running around with dd under my arm looking like a mad, crazy woman. Security found him running down the aisles in big w and gave him a balloon (so not only did he have a great time running free through the toy aisles but also got a reward).

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    I nearly lost my ds1 (3.5) at Perth aquarium today.

    We were in the underwater tunnel thingy and I was tending to ds2, ds1 ran off and did an entire lap of the tunnel by himself.

    He was only gone for a minute but I totally freaked out, i had no idea where to look for him.

    Thankfully he just came back by himself. Stress out!

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    It was a common occurrence with dd1. She would play hide and seek against my will. she loved the clothing section. I resorted to using harnesses on her. I don't care what anyone else thinks. dd2 gets the harness now too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesperatelySeekingSleep View Post
    It was a common occurrence with dd1. She would play hide and seek against my will. she loved the clothing section. I resorted to using harnesses on her. I don't care what anyone else thinks. dd2 gets the harness now too.

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    We use a monkey harness too. But ds1 begs me not to use it on him. So he gets 1 chance and if he can't walk close to me he puts on monkey.

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    DSS I used to think harnesses were cruel and unusual, (pre-kids) but now I appreciate they probably save some kids lives, and their parents sanity!!

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