Child leashes, what is your take??

@mommyboo (13198)
United States
March 2, 2010 8:54pm CST
Ok, I must admit I am fired up about this one. I'm sure you have all seen these, they look just like leashes for PETS but people use them on CHILDREN. Generally it is a leash or cord type thing attached to what looks like a backpack or just a harness. What do you think of these devices? Yes I'm a parent and yes I have a small child. I often take care of other small children. I have never, and I mean NEVER felt the need to have one of these. There are always other ways of dealing with a situation, redirecting, persuading, convincing, distracting etc a child so you do not have to treat them like a pet. There are also other appropriate and acceptable things to use - a carrier, a stroller, having children hold hands and walk ahead of you, a cart at a shopping center, etc. If you use/have used one, WHY? Have you put yourself in the child's shoes? Have you considered how this looks and also what ELSE you could do instead? I'm not trying to be judgemental about this, but if it were a mainstream and wonderful thing to do, we'd all be doing it. To me it is lazy and hurtful....
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
3 Mar 10
OK. I want one for me! We go to the supermarket and the Boss disappears occasionally to be spotted crossing the aisle that I am in but about 50 yards further down. By the time that I get to where I saw her, she's gone again! Put me in reins and we'd keep together. In the UK lots of small children are put in reins when they first reach the walking stage. That period doesn't last long and they're out of them before too long and it's a heck of a lot safer than having them disappear under the wheels of a passing truck! I don't think that it affects them at all. I'd say that it was the opposite of hurtful. It shows that you care and are considerate of your child's need to walk, but mindful that they are not yet entirely aware of the dangers that are presented to them from the road.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Mar 10
I bet you want to leash some of the folks you are showing around the cathedral too!
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• United Arab Emirates
4 Mar 10
Ok I read all comments it depends how you look at it. As I said before I feel the human touch is better than having to hold your kid on a leash. No one knows what is best for every individual kid. You know what is best and I cannot challeng that. It was my opinion about the leash and my opinion stands.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Mar 10
My parents used one on me. I was pretty hyper, so they tell me. I think if you have a really active toddler and you have other children you are having to watch, and if said toddler is known for taking off at top speed unexpectedly, a leash could actually be a good idea. I didn't use one on my kids though. They were way better behaved than I was. Also, there was almost always two of us to keep them in sight.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Mar 10
PS anyway, how is that different than putting a child in a stroller to restrain them?
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• Philippines
3 Mar 10
That is exactly my point too dawnald! I don't know why some people are being too judgemental about parents who are using it. There are really hyper and super active kids who doesn't want to stay in one corner... or stand just beside you. And with leash they can move freely somehow. It won't hurt them at all for IT IS DESIGN AND MADE FOR KIDS REALLY... I am sure, you having leashed before did not take that agaist your parents. Right, dawnald? Leash is not a minus point for the love and care, that parents are showing and giving us...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Mar 10
No, I don't hold it against them. I don't even remember...
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@irishidid (8570)
• United States
3 Mar 10
A child on a leash vs a child missing, kidnapped, etc. Tough call there.
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
3 Mar 10
Supervision vs lack there of, not a tough call at all.
@irishidid (8570)
• United States
3 Mar 10
You all are missing the point. You don't want to use the leash, that's fine but you shouldn't condemn others and call them bad parents because they do. As long as the child is being cared for what difference does it make?
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@TTCCWW (579)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I think it is great that you are attentive enough not to need a leash, but maybe these folks realize that they are not the "in the now" type people and have accepted that they need help keeping track of their kids. As I go through my day I would like to suggest these parental aids to some others.
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@mslena75 (562)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I could give a rat's behind as to what others think of me should I choose to use a leash on my child. I bought one for her, but I gave it to my mom. She uses it when she takes my daughter for walks so she won't run away, which she is prone to do. Honestly, you are unrealistic to assume that ALL situations can be rectified by redirecting and persuading. I know many a 3 year old who cannot be persuaded. Kids at the toddler age and bullheaded and constantly testing the limits. If you feel this strongly about it, I don't see the difference between this and putting them in a cart. They are still confined. I don't care what it looks like as long as my child is safe and out of harm's way. I guess that isn't very PC of me, is it? How is it lazy? As for it being hurtful, it doesn't hurt them one bit. If it were a torture device, would they sell? I see lots of people use them, especially at places like the mall or amusement parks. There are too many weirdos in the world who fixate on children.
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
Hi mslena! We have the same views about this. I have a three year old son and yes I bought one 2 years ago. I use that only 2 times only... For I don't see the need of using that to hom because he is behave and stays beside me... But surely, I know and I am very much aware that there are other kids who aree super active and hyper... And the reason why "leash for KIDS" are made... It is design for kids --- for safety purposes... My auntie is using it to her grandson, I must agree--- she should really use it for the kid is very hyper. Kid's leash is really useful... People should not question the love and care of the parents-- if they see a child with a leash... I think they are being too judgemental and close minded. And too add on, the kid prefers it too for he can move freely somehow... And in fact, sometimes he reminds her grandma, my auntie to bring the leash too... He prefers it more than being hold hands, or put in a cart...
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
8 Mar 10
Heh. Actually, the wrist ones aren't so bad, but the harness ones... sorry but they look like you're walking a pet. Keeping a kid confined in a cart or stroller is perfectly fine, I don't recall EVER hearing anybody complain about that, but how often do you see anybody take a dog or cat for a ride in a stroller? I still don't see why you don't TEACH your child not to run away. Of course they are going to TRY it but that's why you stop them. Using a leash instead of teaching them not to run away is indeed a lazy way of dealing with it, and I am not the only person who thinks so. I honestly don't see them a whole lot, but when I do, the parent using them is not paying any attention to the kid and they are using the 'leash' to pull on the kid and keep them from walking away. That is WHY it appears lazy and cruel I guess. If the kid was in a stroller and squirming but contained, it wouldn't look either lazy OR cruel.
@mslena75 (562)
• United States
9 Mar 10
We TEACH our children lots of things...that doesn't mean they are going to 'get' it...the 1st time or the 25th. It is YOUR opinion that it is lazy. Other people don't feel the same. I see 5 year olds in strollers, isn't THAT lazy?
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
3 Mar 10
I was blessed in having a quiet and obedient son even when he was young. He would hold my hands and wait for my approval before doing anything. Malta is still a safe country up till now. I never felt the need to use such a leash. However if I lived in a bigger country or that I had a disobedient child, I would definitely use it. The case of Madeline McCann(was kidnapped in Portugal if I am not mistaken) is still fresh in my mind. I don't want my child snatched in a shopping arcade or in a crowded place. I think that it is better safe than sorry.
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• Philippines
3 Mar 10
That is true ronaldinu. I am blessed too to have an obedient son, the reason why I don't use leash too. Like what I said in my other posts, I bought one before and considered using it for safety purposes (though I am not using it) ... And nobody has the right to judge anybody just because the parent chooses to use that to his or her child... It is a whole different world now....
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
8 Mar 10
Madeline was kidnapped from the family's hotel room where she was left alone at 3 years old, asleep, while her family had dinner somewhere other than the hotel. I'm not sure about you but who would leave their toddler asleep alone in a hotel room and then go off the property to dinner? That's not right, it's not even legal to leave a 3 year old alone! As far as things being different - I don't really believe that. I believe the world is the same as it has always been. People just FEEL LESS SAFE because of media coverage and more known pedophiles and rapists and child molesters and nutjobs. When I was growing up, I don't think it was any MORE safe, even though I'm 35 years old. I think that less was known about predators stalking around, and it was just as unsafe as it is today, depending where you live, but it's all our perceptions about safety which have changed. People seem more aware of danger and attacks, and more inclined to smother themselves in bubble wrap over it than ever before. Of course we want our children to be safe, and we want to be safe, but we cannot live in a bubble. We can't protect our kids from having a life and living in the real world where we live. There's only so much you can do, and there's a fine line. I'd rather walk that line than prevent them from opportunities to live life, since you only get one life.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
9 Mar 10
Hi mommyboo, no I would not leave a child alone at home let alone in a hotel room in a foreign country. Besides its not legal to do it, I believe that one lacks common sense. What if she wakes up crying or else put herself into danger? I agree that the media tends to exaggerate and prey on sensationalism to gain audience. It only exposes what already exists. Rapists and child molesters have existed from old age and it is nothing something of today. I do share your views and I am against over protecting your children. However I do go an extra step further and make sure that they are safe. I would not mind using some kind of harness on a young toddler.
@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
3 Mar 10
These things always make me feel bad for the children. I was horrified when I found out my Wife got one for our son. I was away at the time, and when I came home and saw it, we got into a big of a heated discussion. Something about what is that doing in the Garbage...anyways, it seems she got it for him, because her, and her father and our Son, were going to an outdoor Festival, Folklarama I believe. Regardless, large large crowds, that make Strollers impractical, My son being to young in her opinion for hand holding, and too heavy for the hiking backpack, we used when we went hiking with him.... That was about a year and half ago now, he flips out when ever he sees the thing. Little Horse Backpack, the tail isn't even 4 feet long. I would prefer to chase him its funner that way, but sometimes, it is just impossible to get a person to change their perspective. Thank you, I appreciate you.
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
3 Mar 10
She knew I didn't like them. My Brother had is Kid on one at our Rum Runners Day's Festival, and I went on and on about how I didn't like them. I should have burned it...
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
8 Mar 10
I see clearly there is going to be the camp that believes they are evil - as I do - and the other camp of people who believe there is something good about them because they 'prevent children from being kidnapped and/or run over'. You know what? In and of themselves, no they don't. I have never EVER EVER EVER used one and I NEVER EVER EVER WILL. EVER. No matter what someone in the 'for' camp says. You know why? I don't NEED a crutch like that to make sure my child or one I'm caring for doesn't get kidnapped or run over. Do you know why? Because I am attentive enough NOT to need something like that. A device like this is not like a stroller or holding a hand, or having kids hold hands in front of you, or sticking them in a cart. It is really unnecessary since there are so many other ways of keeping tabs on/track of your kids. Believe me, if they were ACTUALLY necessary, EVERYBODY would use one, like we use carseats. I think they can hurt kids too, if they try to get away and you pull on it, etc. And no, I make no bones about the fact that I hate these things, I hate seeing them, and I don't think they should be manufactured or sold any more. The person who came up with them ought to be hung.... or 'walked' on a leash for the rest of their miserable life.
@mslena75 (562)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Well good for you, Little Miss Self-Righteous!!! Quick, someone give this lady parent of the century award, please! **INSERT EYE ROLL HERE*** Just because a parent uses a leash does not make them inattentive, by any stretch. I guess I need to quantify my statement by saying I have never used one. I would consider it if I were in a big arena, such as an amusement park, for example. In a perfect world where a small child listens to their parents, maybe just maybe. At the end of the day, the trade off is, your child being safe, or not, regardless of means.
@iridium (436)
3 Mar 10
i'm not sure if its the same thing but my broth and i both had harnesses with long handles that our parents held so we could wander off and not get lost. don;t think either of us had a problem with them.
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• Philippines
3 Mar 10
hi iridium! It is actually the same... And being leashed before, do you feel bad or take that against your parents??? Does it make them a bad parents? a lazy??? Don't you feel their love and care because they leashed you? Was there any a point that your parents treated you like a pet??? You just said --- you don't had any problems about it, right? I really hate people who judge people that easy... Oh my! who are them to question the love and concern of the parents to their kids....
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@iridium (436)
3 Mar 10
ahh right. well here we call them baby reins and they used to be quite common when i was a kid. i think kid have more freedom with them and the parents have their hands free.
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• United States
3 Mar 10
Child leashes are useful. They allow the person monitoring the child to keep track of them. Children do tend to wander off somewhere so it is a good idea. I don't think it should be a requirement. It should be an option not a requirement.
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• Philippines
3 Mar 10
I agree with you spiderlizard22. Leashes are useful and it is the parents or guardians option to use it or not with their kids. I think people should not be judgemental to those parents or guardians who are using it to their kids... Let us not it a big issue. I mean now a day, we cannot be sure... And the love of parents can never be measured by them using leash or not... At the end it on how the parents show love and care for them...
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
8 Mar 10
I have been out with 5 or 6 kids at a time and not used any 'leashes'. I have used a stroller before and had kids hold hands with each other and/or me, and yes, sometimes some of them have NOT been in good moods but either way, it doesn't mean I have to leash any of them nor tie them to me in order to keep track of them. Kids need to be taught early WHY they should not wander off or run away, and if they try, you need to stop them immediately EVERY TIME. That is the only way they will learn and begin behaving properly. If you just 'leash' them, they will stay near you because they are on it, and the minute you stop using it, they will probably run off just because they CAN!
@newtalent (1114)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I would never use this on a child under no circumstances. Depending on age I would use a stroller or a cart. If the situation is getting out of hand then I would leave the establishment or wherever I am at and head home. A child will test your limits and you have to be in control of yourself before you can direct another person to correct behavior. I also believe in taking a timeout for myself if I feel I am the one that is beginning to redirect my issues onto her. I tell her give me 5 minutes or a moment to gather up my thoughts and we then can continue to do whatever we were doing. Its hard raising children especially if you are a single parent. I also know that we are not perfect human beings and we have faults of our as our children do. Sometimes we react before we think the whole situation through. AS long as we learn from our mistakes and admit them then, we should be OK. Take care.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
8 Mar 10
This is why I mentioned that it seems cruel and lazy to use leashes - it is definitely HARDER and MORE TIME CONSUMING to deal with kids testing your limits, maybe having to leave an establishment, or have whatever you're doing taking longer because you have to carry your child who is having a fit, or get down on their level and explain to them why they have to hold your hand while they are trying to yank their hand away, but the payoff is greater. Some things can be used or misused as a crutch when what you should do is harder. I also understand that a lot of people don't want to do what might be harder, and that is why I frown on the use of something like this... it's a cop out. It's like someone saying 'I'll just have lipo and a tummy tuck' instead of eating healthier and working out.
@MrsFrizzle (1964)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I have a son and would never put a child leash on him. What ever happened to holding your child's hand or carrying them? I watch as many as 6 children during the day and never need to use a leash for anyone but my dog. I take them to the park all the time. I put the babies in my double stroller, the older two hold hands and walk in front of the stroller and the two toddlers hold on to the side of the stroller as we walk. No one runs off. No one has gotten Kid napped. Are you using these leashes out of fear? Sure children are kidnapped it happens and it is a horrible thing but it does not happen so often that you have to put your child on a leash to protect them. How is that preventing them from being kidnapped? Me holding my child's hand would prevent that also. Letting your children take off all day to play is not very safe but walking next to me down the street is perfectly safe. I HATE BABY LEASHES. Why do we stop at children. Maybe I should leash my husband too so everyone knows he belongs to me and he will not run off.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
8 Mar 10
I have always done the same things you mentioned here and not had any trouble whatsoever, no matter what the ages of the kids or who the kids are. All I can think of is laziness or fear.... I wouldn't just wander about, forgetting somehow that I have six small children with me, and not knowing where they all are at all times. I also don't go out shaking in fear, assuming some nut is going to assault me or kidnap one of my kids every time I go out. That's just senseless and exactly the type of attitude those who prey on others wish we would have, because it would make us easier targets. I also can't help but get a kick out of the idea of leashing your husband, if I mentioned that to some friends of mine I think they'd also agree that child leashes are dumb but heck yes on leashing the husband, and maybe having them wear a shirt that says 'property of 'name' LOL!
3 Mar 10
Way back in the fifties these were called baby harnesses and they have been around for a long, long time. They keep your child safe and secure, yet they have the freedom to walk with you. I had a baby harness for my son when he was a toddler and it was ideal for him and for me. I would much rather have a child in a harness than have that child kidnapped or snatched or able to run under a car.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
8 Mar 10
Well... there are a ton of us who have never used one and would never use one, and our kids are safe and sound and have learned not to run away from us and why. They have not been kidnapped or snatched or run under a car. I am simply explaining to you that all the reasons you give for using one may be valid to you and people who use them, but it's not as if those things happen to those of us who do not use them, and that really calls into question the validity of using them.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I have never, and I mean NEVER felt the need to have one of these. Yea me either! Even when my daughter was an infant (babe in arms age) and my son was a very busy 2 yr old and I was a single parent..YES shopping for groceries was trying at times and so on but NEVER could I have EVER used one of those nor did I ever need to or feel the need to like you said....I have SERIOUS issues with them myself..Like you said there are other ways to handle it over using one of those contraptions.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
8 Mar 10
There clearly seems to be a group of parents who would never consider using something like this because we'd just never need it, and a group of parents who downright DEPEND on it. Depending so entirely on something like this really shocks me... when there are so many things you can do before your child even walks to ensure you'd never need it.
@BlueAngelRS (2900)
• Canada
5 Mar 10
I think in the concept of childrens leashes it's personally up to the parent of the child which they find easier or what they feel is in their childs best interest....When I first saw them I must admit I thought it was a neat idea and have thought of using it when my children were younger but have not....Have found other creative ways of dealing with my children while in a really busy and public place my son is 16 now and my daughter is 3 and she knows from what I've taught her in a busy place she is to hold whoevers hand she chooses at ALL times or she will go straight back home she does pretty good with this may have her few outbursts....Or if I'm in a store she rides in the cart or holds my sons or her Grandpas hands I'm single Mom again so I'm in gear lol Happy Mylotting.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
5 Mar 10
I used one with my daughter when she was a toddler, we were on vacation in a crowded place and she wanted to walk. I dont really care how it looks. But it was comfortable, she liked it, she stayed safe, didnt have to hold her hand in the air for hours at a time. I am not against these at all. I would rather keep my child safe. Also, my mother had four kids and she used them as well.
@allknowing (66608)
• India
4 Mar 10
I remember my mother doing it to keep an eye on my brother the last one in the family whose activities needed a lot of supervision. He would stop at nothing to get himself into dangerous situations and so my mother had no alternative but to leash him while she was busy with her household chores!
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Yes I have used them, and until you're in a situation where it's necessary, it's really not nice to judge those who've had to use them. I used them with my twins, and also with my youngest son. Two of my children did not need them.. the oldest and the 4th child. The oldest obviously because he was the only child and I could keep track of him well enough.. the 4th because he's never been a wanderer and was always good about holding my hand or staying by my side. With the twins, they both liked to run in opposite directions, and they were hyper and fast. I didn't like keeping them cooped up in a stroller 24/7.. I liked allowing them to walk around with a bit of freedom, but keep them safe and close by at the same time. With my youngest child, it was simply because he hated holding your hand or being held. He's fine enough in a stroller, sure, but as I said, I don't always like keeping a child cooped up in a stroller. I'd rather he be on a harness than trying to struggle to hold his hand when he'd constantly refuse. While using these harnesses I've come across people like you who'd give me dirty looks and tell me my children are not dogs. Well, think what you will, but my children are safe and all 5 of them absolutely LOVE taking long walks.. probably because they've been doing so since they first learned how to walk.
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• Philippines
3 Mar 10
I am a mother of a three year old boy. Yes I considered using that before and actually bought one. I only used that twice and stop because I don't see the need of using that to my kid... KIDS ARE DIFFERENT... Some are behave and some are hyper or super active... I don't blame or judge others in using it. In fact, leashes are very helpful. I don't know why some people are being too judgemental... Parents just wanted to secure the safety of their kids... Does it makes them a bad person for using that? Or lazy? I don't think so. Those leash are DESIGN AND MADE FOR KIDS... That wont hurt them a bit. In fact, there are cute and stylish leashes available to choose from... Why judge the guardian or parents? Does it makes them a bad parents by simply using it? Is it the measurement of their love and care for their kids??? I am sure, the kids feels how much they are love by their parents even if they are being leashed... It is on how you connect with your child... In fact, my child used to remind me to bring his leash when we are going out before, because he saw his cousin with it all the time -- and his cousin too doesn't mind... His cousin is a happy kid just like my son and other kids. I believe it is also convinient to the kids for they can move freely somehow... Especially if the kid is very adventurous and naughty... Child prefers to walk rather than to be put in a cart. Some kids doesn't want to hold hands too. I think we should consider these facts too. My auntie, is using it to her grandson, and the kid doesn't take that against her... They are very close and you would see how they love and care with each other... I mean, even if a person is using KID's Leash, it doesn't mean that she is treating the kid like an animal or pet... You don't drag or pull the kid... They walk and move freely... Come on! Let us be open minded about this... Remember it is a KID's Leash not a DOG leash. It is designed and made for KIDS. In the end-- and what matter most is the relationshp of the kid and the guardian or parents....
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• Canada
3 Mar 10
I don't care what anyone says, leashing your child is just plain wrong. If you cannot control your child without one, then you are not a responsible parent. If you can't control your child, you should not take them out with you until you teach them not to run away. Leashes are meant for dogs, they lack the brain function to understand when people tell them not to run away, however, children do. It's almost like putting a chain around their neck, that could kill them. I know a leash may not, but then again, it could. If the leash got caught somewhere the child could be crushed around the midsection or chest, could suffer broken ribs if something went wrong. When I have kids, I'll never use a leash. If I can't keep them from running away, I wont take them with me when I go out, especially if I can't keep an eye on them.
@irishidid (8570)
• United States
3 Mar 10
"When I have kids". Why is it the ones who DON'T have kids think they are child experts? You're in for a rude awakening.
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• Canada
3 Mar 10
I take offense to that. I actually have a 10 year old, even though he isn't with me.
@mslena75 (562)
• United States
3 Mar 10
You have a 10 year old that isn't with you...well there you. Bet you never had to deal with the impossible toddler stage, did you? It is absolutely responsible for someone to use a child restraint if it going to keep their child out of harms way. And the leash doesn't hurt the child in any manner. It's a harness. And if you're going to not take your kid out unless you can control them, I guess you won't be going out much. Guess you won't have a stroller or use a grocery cart seat either, will you?
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I had 4 kids and also took care of other kids. I never used one. I know what you mean about how they look. I think in crowds of people they could be something of a safety device. I've only seen them used a couple of times so I imagine most people don't feel a need for them.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I'm just thinking there are probably situations such as when the child is with an older person who is unable to run after them or something that such a device might be a safer way to go. I don't want to judge harshly someone whose situation I really don't know. I don't think it would be right to quickly label the parent as lazy or cruel or anything. All kids are different.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
8 Mar 10
It really LOOKS BAD though. I'm not talking about just something silly that looks bad, it brings to mind someone walking a pet. Children are not pets... I just can't get over that. Children can be taught and they can learn that it is NOT okay to wander/run off, even if they don't want to walk by mom and dad. Bottom line is that you want to teach them the right things to do, and you also want to give them a secure but open opportunity to do the right thing on their own, and having them leashed to you all the time does not provide that opportunity. If it is a safety issue, that's what strollers and carts are for. If the kid is too big for a stroller or a cart, they should have enough independent knowledge of WHY they need to stay near their parent or guardian, and if they don't, they are being purposely naughty and there would be consequences.
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
8 Mar 10
I know what you are saying. I really do. I agree that it is not something that should be used as a means of controlling the child rather than teaching them how to be. If looked at as a means of protection say for a means of protection in certain situations then it may have a purpose. I;ve never used one so I really don't know. My grandson used to run and bolt at every opportunity. this is a great discussion. I'll be reading thru the others answers to maybe get some enlightment.
• United Arab Emirates
3 Mar 10
I fully disagree with using a leash for a child. We should treat a child as a child and not like an animal. I have also seen pictures of this sort of thing. The child will not be hurt physically but it will have some impact on them mentally. If we love our children we should devout our full attention on them. We can hold their hands. During this tender age we should give them all the love and attention they need, otherwise the outcome will be like treating our pets. We should not mistake children from pets. Children have more brains than pets. I think this is a very sad situation. I am a parent and I took care of my kid, I did not use a leash, now I am a grandmother and I will not allow a leash to be use on the baby.
@mslena75 (562)
• United States
3 Mar 10
How does using a leash equate to not taking care of your child? I'd rather have mine with one than have them run out in front of a car or run away from me in the mall.
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
Who is treating their child like a pet??? My niece is being leashed and he is a very active, playful and a HAPPY BOY! Just like my son who is not being leashed... I believe we cannot question a love of a parents--- whether he is leashed or not in the mall or in a crowded places-- what matter most is how the parents love and care for their kids... My auntie and her grandson love each other SO MUCH! They are super close! That doesn't make her a bad lazy grand mother at all... And the child doesn't take that agaisnt her...
@hvedra (1623)
5 Mar 10
In some situations it is not possible to devout full attention to a toddler. If you have more than one kid or if you are doing something like driving a car or ordering food or in a very crowded place it is near impossible. What about tall parents with toddlers who have to bend to hold their hands? If you've got a kid that doesn't want to hold hands you just end up with a screaming ball of fury trying to dislocate it's shoulder...