ds1 has never done that running away thing that toddlers seem to love so much. He's the opposite - you go to a soft play area and have to coax him to go off and play, but he is usually back by my side within minutes.
I commented to my mum that I won't know what's hit me if ds2 turns out to run off at every opportunity, and she said "oh, all three of you were ball and chain toddlers, I never had a runner." She then went on to say that she thinks it runs in families.
So what do you have? runners or ball and chains, and has anyone had a mixture?
If she's with others that she knows that are runners, then she's off - never to be seen again. She used to be like it alone too, but since she turned 2, she is more ball and chain when she doesn't know the other kids.
DS (20 months) is more of a ball and chain type. Likes to feel comfortable in a situation before launching into it. I have noticed that he is becoming less clingy to me at the beginning of something new, but not runner yet.
It's nice sometimes when they are a bit clingy but after a while it gets a bit annoying especially in this hot weather.
When she's in running off mode it makes every outing impossible you can't look, touch, stop, sit or anything!!!
dd was perfect, ball and chain when out but content to do her own thing when at home.
ds is a nightmare, runs away all the time. He also has an obsession with lifts. In Wimbledon shopping centre he ran off to the lift, got in and pressed the button. he was screaming his head off in the lift going down to the first floor, while more cautious dd was screaming her head off outside the lift. With the dts in a double buggy it is really hard to keep control of him sometimes.
Mine was a runner. Would not sit still, always investigating something. She liked to watch tv from a young age though. It is only recently that she will sit on my knee for any length of time, and she is two and a half.
Just wanted to add that I have HAD to get really tough in shopping centres lately. My dd tears around if let her. She looks back every now and then to reasssure herself that I am in sight, and then goes back to rushing about. I have had to make the rule that if she doesn't hold onto stroller, or hold my hand, then she must be strapped in the stroller (which she hates). I think a ball and chain is easier! And, on the anecdotal evidence, a ball and chain is more likely to be a second child rather than a first.