Recently my son has begun to wander. Sadly enough, he thinks it’s funny and does not understand how dangerous it is. First it started small…He would walk down the aisle in the grocery store instead of staying near me. I would call to him to “stay with mommy” and would give him a stern, serious look. It seemed to work as he would walk back and remain close to me for the rest of the time in the grocery store. A few weeks later, while in another store, he walked one aisle over. Then he walked two aisles over. He ignored my calls this time and I ended up leaving the store because I could not focus on getting the things I needed if he continued to do that (I only have about a 20-30 min timeframe with him). In addition to watching him, I had to also watch my daughter and prevent her from following her brother. The scariest moment for me came when we took our first trip to Disney World (will post about that later). After getting off a particular ride, MJ thought it would be funny to follow another family off of the ride. We all got off of the ride and looked around and though it was only about 8 seconds, we did not see him! My heart sank to my feet and I yelled out his name several times. There he was following another family and laughing! Laughing!??? We sat down and spoke to him about what he did right then and there. While we hoped that he understood everything that we were saying, we were not sure that he did (he was still smiling). About three weeks ago his teacher sent a note home saying that he wandered away during recess. He was hiding behind a tree away from where his classmates were playing. She reprimanded him and he didn’t like it one bit but I am glad she addressed it with him. A few times a year I hear about special needs kids that wander off to never be found or end up being found dead. I thought I would never have to worry about this. MJ has always been a homebody and LOVES staying at home. He used to always stay near us when out and about. I am praying that the wandering behavior stops completely but right now we are on our guard and are trying to teach him how to stay safe!