happned to us recently....both my dh and I were both there but distracted for all of 10 seconds.
Still makes me sick thinking about it Didn't phase dd1 (nearly 3) at all though!
I'm getting over it though....I actually take her to the shops again i'm just very paranoid!
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26-06-2013 17:02 #11Senior Member
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26-06-2013 17:04 #12
Yep, DD was a runner.
I tried the monkey backpack harness but unfortunately when i put it on her in the middle of a busy shopping centre she decided to get on all fours and bark. She wouldn't get up, everyone was pointing and giving me horrified looks and I died of embarrassment.
I now shop online or when she is with her dad.
26-06-2013 17:09 #13Junior Member
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Starting to feel a lot better - thanks guys. It actually made us put into place some rules of what to do when she can't see us or find us. Definitely do not leave the shop and stay in one place - do not run off. The poor thing says she will always hold my hand whenever we go out together now.
26-06-2013 19:36 #14
I know how you feel, I have a runner - not just at shops either. My DD is 3.
1. A few times at the shop - just turned around and gone always found in under 5 mins.
2. Out the front door and up the street.
3. out the front door and hid in next doors carport.
--- Brought a gate fron the front deck ---
4. Out the front door over the gate and back next door.
5. Front door- gate- Street.
Final and only time this ever happened - She was being baby sat ( next door ) while I took eldest to see her father in hospital. Everyone was asleep 10 at night she decided to get up ( make her bed ) out the door ( locked it behind her ) came over home was crying on our front deck, other next door heard her took her in for nearly 2 hrs, they tried to knock to see if we were home- decided to go to other neighbours and said where the heck are they I have there daughter .... which then they replied to no you dont she is here in bed -_- ...... 5 mins later I turn up to get her the neighbours in tears trying to tell me not to yell at her.
After that I brought 2 bolts for the top of the front doors one for our place the other for next door.
I understand, I held her so tight that night and cried myself to sleep with her in my arms.
Sorry long post but your not alone in feeling guilt and worried!
26-06-2013 19:44 #15
Happens to the best of us!My kids can be a bit blasé and just walk off to look at stuff in shops when they know they have to stay with me,or just run off and hide for fun!I have been known to hid behind aisles and make them think they have lost me and panic a bit.I then pop out (after watching them the whole time) and then give them a lecture.Sounds really mean,and it probably is but I wanted to teach them how scary it could be for both of us if they just run off.
26-06-2013 19:46 #16
It's happened to us heaps of times. It's the worst feeling. jaspers heaps better now but he was a runner until he was 3. Df lost him once in kmart for so long they had to Page asking if anyone has seen him, describing his clothes etc (I'm SO glad I wasn't there, I was blissfully at home having a sleep in!)
But I've lost him a few times, look away look back and he's vanished. He'd think it was funny to just duck behind something but no sense of direction he'd sometimes forget which way he had to go to jump out at me. And once he realised he was lost he'd just run full speed to find me... In whatever direction he was faced... *sigh*
Glad she's okay. Try not to think too much on "what if", easier said than done. Maybe have a bath (or a glass of wine) to relax? Take care.
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26-06-2013 19:48 #17
26-06-2013 19:49 #18
Bit off topic but I'm always at a loss when I find a lost child and I don't have my ds with me to show the lost child that I'm a mummy too. You dont want to physically grab them to stop the lost kid from running but I dont want them to run out of sight while i'm looking for their parents. What do other ppl do when it's not your kid that lost and in distress?
26-06-2013 19:56 #19
Yes this has happened to me also..DS was 3&1/2 at the time & got lost at our local Xmas carols. So it was almost dark. He was lost for prob 20 min. And yes had ses guys looking for him, and his description over the loud speakers. He was found dancing in front of the band to Xmas carols with all the other kids, blissfully unaware. I have never felt so sick to my stomach, like my worst nightmare come true. Can still remember the relief I felt when he was brought to me. I just sat on the ground & cried. So don't feel too bad, it happens & the main thing is your DD is ok.
26-06-2013 19:58 #20
Another thing I did is everytime we went to a local event where I knew there would be quite a few people, I would write my mobile phone number up his arm in permanent marker. I was very paranoid.
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