My daughter never wants to leave ANYWHERE- home, the library, the Y, people's houses. She has a really hard time with that transition- even when she wants to go where we are going. I try to give her fair warning (5 minutes, 3, 1). I try to be relaxed and say "do you need another minute? Let me know when you're ready". She is NEVER ready. I try making it fun by giving her the choice of running, hopping like a bunny, playing follow the leader, etc. She usually doesn't care. Sometimes it helps if I have something for her to look forward to in the car like a surprise, or candy (which I don't like to give her on a regular basis). But is it reasonable to have to come up with a surprise every time we need to leave and get in the car? When I try to just pick her up and go she is big and strong and kick and screams and makes a big scene. I started giving the consequence of "if you don't come out to the car when I say it is time, then you will not get to go..." to wherever the next special place is that we are going. I really believe it would be best if I could find some way to work with her, not coerce her, but I also need to go where we need to go. On occasions when I leave it up to her because I don't care where we go, we end up not going anywhere and then she is disappointed about not going. Does anyone have any advice about this? Thanks!
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difficulty leaving places with 2 1/2 year old