He ran away.

Last Thursday, as I was getting the girl in the car to go to the childminder, the boy ran away. Usually, he climbs into his car seat and waits whilst I get his sister into the car. He has ambled to near the end of the road before, but has always come back. So I didn't really react, I assumed he'd come back. But he didn't. I couldn't see him, so without thinking, I left the girl in the car with the doors wide open and ran to near the end of the road.


He wasn't there.


I felt sick.


I ran to the end of the road and there he was, about 100m away, crossing the road. Admittedly a quiet residential road, but a road. All by himself, crossing the road.


I ran.
I ran as fast as I could.


He ran.
He ran as fast as he could.
Giggling.


I caught him and told him off. I said that he should never go on a walk by himself, or cross a road by himself. I carried him back and got him into the car, where the girl was happily playing in her seat. Then I burst into tears. He knew he had upset me, but didn't know why. I tried to explain as best I could that he just can't go off like that.


We had another chat that evening and he seemed to get it. I don't want to make the world a scary place yet. I don't want him to know there are horrible people around. He's only two. He doesn't need to know that yet. But he needs to be safe. I have said that I don't want to treat him like a baby, but if he does, I will have to put him in the car first and not let him do things by himself (like getting into the car).


On Friday, we had another chat before we went out for the morning. He stuck close to the pram and didn't run further than about 10 metres from the pram. When we got home at lunchtime, he looked at me and said "you're very happy with me".


Yes, I am happy with him, and I hope that he sticks with me in the future.
Here's hoping.

9 comments

  1. This is a parent's worst nightmare isn't it?
    One of my twins would just go and keep going. I'm always chasing her. The problem is they think you'll always be there to catch them.
    We always had reins for my daughter and as she got older and didn't need them we would take them as a deterant. If she ran off she would have to wear them. I know not everyone likes reins though. It is nice to give your children freedom.

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  2. Would love it if you would link this up to my Tuesday tea and sympathy linky, by the way.
    http://1978rebecca.blogspot.com/2011/11/tuesday-tea-and-sympathy_28.html
    Hope you don't mind me asking.

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  3. i had that happen when mine was little...so scary!
    he's right...you ARE very happy with him ;)

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  4. Thanks for linking up. Hope he does good walking tomorrow.

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  5. I have had my 2 year old do the same thing with me, it was in the school playroom. Turned around to talk to his brother and he was off.. The panic set in and it was horrendous, found him happening playing unaware to why i was so upset...

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  6. That must have been so scary. We haven't had that experience with Miss P. Yet. She's a very feisty, independent (nearly) 2 year old who loves nothing more than to run and usually away from me unless she's on her reins.

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  7. It really was horrid. I felt sick to the core. He seems to be going through an awkward phase at the moment! Luckily he has stuck with me for now.

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  8. Gosh that is my worst nightmare - I just know my daughter will do the same one day she has no fear, I dread to think.

    Why cent they stay little for ever?

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  9. Oh gosh how scary. My little man is the type to do that too although he hasn't yet. Then turn your hair grey dont they!

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