Every year U.C. Davis has an open house on campus called picnic day, there are tons of fun things to do, tons of animals and tons of people. I wanted to take my 7 year old sister to it along with her friend from our Girl Scout troop. The only problem is she tends to run away from us, to look at something, to be first, to go with a friend, whatever. No matter how many times my parents have told her not too, she still does this. She'll wriggle loss from your hand (or drop it) she just loses her head basically. My mother is to the point where she wants to put her on a harness. I think she's too old for it, but honestly it might be the only thing that will work. We've tried leaving if she doesn't follow the rules, we've tried taking away treats or outings or birthday parties and for the most part, she'll be on her best behavior, AT HOME but it still doesn't seem to effect her when she's out in public. When it's just me and her she minds a lot better. I don't let her run ragged, but I'm not quite as strict as mom. I understand she'll want to look at things too and letting her do that, choosing where we window shop next, seems to help. Bringing a toy or doy helps. (electronics don't help) I also try to give her job when we're together (and with mom) and looking for something and she's getting restless standing around, but i just want to know if anyone has any ideas on what else we could try. She's not at all embarassed at being yelled at by my mom in public either.