Wayward wandering

Some children seem to wander off whenever they get the chance. Sometimes it’s because they want to explore. Other kids want to test their limits and to see what their parents will do the further they go. The key is to act quickly when children wander, and encourage them to stay close.


You can teach your child to stay close by planning a series of short trips. Start with a walk that lasts about 3 minutes. It could be in a park, quiet streets or even your own backyard – somewhere safe where it’s easy to keep an eye on them.


Make each trip a little bit longer but stick to quiet places until they’ve learnt to stay close.


Explain to your child where you are going and what you would like them to do – “We’re going for a walk, Emma. Remember to stay with me.”


When kids are kept busy during a trip they are less likely to wander. Keep them interested by talking to them. You could point out flowers, birds, trees or anything else they might like while you walk.


Eventually, they’ll realise that staying close to you is more rewarding than wandering off.

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