I took both my LOs to the park yesterday. It was more crowded than I expected (there were some soccer practices going on and lots of bigger kids running around). I needed to keep an eye on both my LOs but they refused to even be in the same area!! My son kept toddling to the parking lot...I would call his name, he would *sometimes* look at me, but he never obeyed me when I asked him to come back. My DD kept toddling in opposite direction. I would call her name, and she wouldnt so much as look at me.
Is this normal, or disobedient? At home, they do come when I call them (usually) and they are always together. I have no idea why they cannot behave that way at a park. I am not sure we can go back - it was too much work. Once, my DD was under a play thing and all these big kids ran up and started to climb over her. I dashed to go get her (so no one would fall on her) and in the 2 seconds I did that, my son toddled behind a trash can. When I turned around and didnt see him, my heart seriously stopped beating. So, until they can learn to come when I call them and stay in relatively the same area, I dont think we can do park outings