Hayden is starting to become somewhat of a handful when we go with walks. It breaks down like this. If we take his stroller then he just wants to push it the whole way instead of riding in it. If we even touch it then he gets cranky at us and has a mini fit. Attempting to put him in the stroller without his written permission – parental suicide! Sometimes he’ll change his mind half way on the wall and start to climb in the stroller, and then he will either just want to play straps, or might let us push him the rest of the way depending on his mood.
Well I’ve started to have enough of this. While I’m pretty patient, if I’m on a walk I do actually want to walk a little bit rather than crawl along, and if we have the dogs they defiantly get very restless and will just start pulling so I want to shake his habit. So the other day we tried to go on a walk without his stroller. The first big mistake was to go out through the garage, so he immediately walked over to his “trailer” and started to push it and told me to open the garage. I tried to explain to him that today there was no stroller – it was clear that one of two things was going to happen. We were going on a walk with the stroller, or we were not going on a walk and Hayden was going to scream and roll around on the floor for twenty minutes.
OK so next time I wasn’t so dumb and I made him go through the front door. Genius I hear you say. Well this worked find except he just ran off towards the garage and complaining it wasn’t open so he couldn’t get his stroller out. I was determined to walk without it, so I pick him up and started to walk. He kicked screamed for at least two houses when I finally managed to distract him with a fountain in the pond near our house and then we had a nice walk from that point forward. Obviously no talk of the stroller from me. So now I know he’s good to walk you just have to break the connection…
We tried this again at the weekend, and this time the same sequence occurred. I was thinking it might have given it up, but nope – he still wants his stroller. So my latest plan was to leave the house carrying him so he can’t run to garge to get his stroller – genius! 😀 Well almost – he had a bit of a fit about “want down, want down” but i went with him the opposite way to the garage put him and down and asked him which way are we going – he pointed off the way i wanted and away we were with perhaps just one tear… I think we’re getting there 😀
He loved the walk by the way – he likes to grab the dogs leash and walk them – he thinks it’s the funniest thing in the world!!