How do you get a two-year-old, who is perfectly capable of walking, to go where you want at a speed that isn’t so painfully slow you want to cry, without demanding to be carried after about 2 minutes?
If you already have this cracked then I worship you! For me, a walk to the shops, the library or even the park, can have me breathing deeply and counting to ten rather too often. I regularly resort to the buggy for journeys, despite knowing that she can walk the few 100 yards, just so that I don’t have to a) chase her the wrong way down the street, b) drag her along like a sullen teenager or c) carry her!
The other day I hit upon an idea, however, and it was so simple…we did a treasure hunt. I printed off an A4 sheet with her name at the top (that alone was exciting for the munchkin!) and six pictures of things to find: a brown leaf, a green leaf, a stick etc. We headed out with said list, a bag to collect things in an a smiling, excited daughter. She walked all the way to the park, gleefully searching for stones and grass. She didn’t say she wanted to be carried. She uncomplainingly held my hand across the roads and she went the right way at a reasonable speed. Result! She even came back in the same way looking for the last thing.
One word of warning though…I printed a red flower. Red flowers are not often found wild at this time of year. Darling daughter would not pick a different coloured flower, despite my protestations that I had only meant a flower, and the red was just for illustrative purposes, so if you want your child to be able to achieve the treasure hunt (without climbing over people’s garden walls…) consider the colour of flower!