The Lingering Toddler

Recognize this scenario? It’s time to go, and your child is ignoring your requests that he come with you. He’s still playing or wandering around looking at the place you need to leave.

It’s normal behavior for curious and independence-seeking toddlers. Here’s what to do:

  • Don’t resort to threats that you’re going to leave without her, which can be frightening to a child.
  • If you really need to leave—and he doesn’t—stop cajoling; walk over to your child, pick him up and leave. Explain calmly as you do that it’s time to go now.
  • She may balk loudly at first, but she’ll be distracted soon enough.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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