It’s a little harder to be out nowadays, more so with our almost 3 year old compared to when he was younger. He’s a lot more independent, and curious and just plain full of energy! Many times, I just considered staying home with him rather than having to deal with tantrums or having to chase him into places we want to go, but he needs to be out as well. Otherwise, how will he learn, right?
Anyway, here are a couple of things I’ve learned that’s been working for us, even with a toddler.
1. If it’s going to be a quick errand, only one of us will run in and get it while the other person stays in the car with the kids.
2. We time our trips to close to his naptime so he’ll be asleep during the car ride.
3. We bring plenty of snacks and drinks. (having a cooler in the car is very important too!)
4. In the car, having his favorite CD play first, then if he gets tired of it, play a DVD as a last resort, if he gets bored.
5. Prepping him and letting him know he needs to behave when we go out or else we’re going back home.
6. Explaining to him the safety reason why he needs to hold our hand and stay with mommy or daddy at all times, even before he gets out of his car seat.
7. We make our trips short enough to keep him from being anxious.
8. We plan out our trips to make sure that at least one of the places were going to will allow for him to run around and burn off some energy.
9. We also try to take turns on who’s watching him, so we at least one of us gets to look around at store that we’re in.
10. If we know he might run around too much, we make him ride the shopping cart or a stroller.
Hope these help you, if you have tips to share, please feel free to leave a comment down below.