"Walk!" Dorothy demanded again as she tried to climb out of her stroller. But my daughter's freedom call came during our Florida vacation — on the crowded walkways of a theme park.
I decided to grant independence, but only after setting specific boundaries. First, she could only walk in less congested areas. Second, she had to hold my hand. "If you don’t hold Mommy's hand," I said, "you go back in the stroller."
Dorothy's freedom produced a bit of tension, but it was worth it. She could explore her surroundings a little — and burn off some extra energy.
This article appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2013 by Ashleigh Slater. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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