Everyone has heard of the terrible twos, but I seem to have a very challenging two year old boy! He is a wonderful, funny, loving child and very active and curious, but he refuses to follow simple orders and runs away at every opportunity. He is at preschool for a few hours a couple of mornings a week and we are well-known by the teachers and other mothers, because I am always chasing him (including in the car park which is terrifying for me). I try not to feel embarrassed but I know people are thinking I can't control my own child.

Can you suggest a loving approach to convincing him to obey at least some basic requests? I often lose my patience and shout at him, and then feel terrible about it later. My husband and I have never smacked him and I know that wouldn't be a solution. I couldn't bear to anyway! Any advice would be much appreciated! Thank you so much!