I'm scared, hold my hand

Our 4 year-old son doesn't like to hold my hand or my wife's hand when we walk on the streets. No matter how much we request and how much we tell him that it is not safe for him to walk without holding our hands, he just doesn't seem to like it and tries all possible actions to avoid it.

So I tried, "can you please hold my hand because I am scared to walk without holding hands?" And that works, he holds my hand, and it works every single time.  This solved the problem. For us, his safety is more important than us feeling that we are in control of him.  


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