my difficult child is six. he still insists on riding in a stroller most times. he has a tendancy to scream when we try to make him hold our hands, he won't walk properly on a harness and he sure doesn't stay with us if left to his own devices. i am sick of having to have a stroller for him. he's not always in it but we have to drag it around for him. he will also normally have a meltdown when we take him out in public. i know he is over stimulated by all the noises/people/sounds/smells. i get it. that is when he needs to be put in the stroller as other wise he will scream and refuse to come or accuse us of hurting him. while i understand what is going on with him i also find it embarassing when other parents oogle us for having a six year old in a stroller. mind you i'm sure most of them think he is about 4 or 5 max because he is small and skinny, it still gets us alot of strange looks. he has also destroyed at least 4 strollers by now because of his flopping around in them and bouncing up and down. i had to buy a new one today because i can't take him out without one and no, he won't ride in a cart. i got a good one, regular $400 for $150. it better last. i have tried everything and there is no way to get him to walk nicely with us and i can't always have someone else watch him although i will openly admit that if i don't have to take him out with me i don't. after a block he is crying that his legs hurt and he has no energy, yet he has the energy to scream and run around all crazy destroying things if i would allow it. i don't really mind the stroller that much other than the looks i get and the fact that i often have to remove my 2yo from the stroller to put the 6yo in. does anyone elses difficult child need a stroller past the normal age? or do you do something else? he is not going to fit in there forever. he has just gotten to 40lbs though, so i still have another 10lbs before he gets to the max weight listed on the stroller.