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    Make sure you give him a stern talking too, and tell him why he shouldn't do that.

    I don't blame you for not running anymore because it could have just made him run faster. Just shout like stop now or we wont *do something fun* or whatever! I think chasing kids around should be a last resort. But mayb it was.

    I would have ran as fast as I could to catch him!

    Your friend should start teaching him the dangers of the road, do the whole 'stop, listen, look' routine at EVERY single road and he will do that too. She can start to give him boundaries of how far he can run, like teach him to stop at every road or just give him a shout to stop and run back when he gets a certain distance. Or she could promise (and actually do it) to take him to the park (or do something he likes) afterwards where he can run as much as he wants, then if he does run off too far too many times or not listen when she shouts to stop he won't get to go to the park. He will learn eventually.

    A 3 year old is too old for reins and using them is a backward step. He doesn't need babying he needs to learn how to use the road correctly which a 3 year old will be quite capable of doing.
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