Monday, August 29, 2005

Mother of the Year again....

Do you think it means I'm a bad parent if I'm considering getting a leash (disguised as a puppy dog backpack) for my child?

6 comments:

Pirate said...

Don't restrain their energies. That energy that kills you now may support you when you're old. I have had four kids with an abundance of energy and thought of cuffing them many times but now that they are older it paid off because that energy is what made them who they are.

Susan said...

I thought long and hard about getting a harness thing for Henry, and I never did, but I probably should have. Travelling with him was a nightmare; he has run away in no fewer than three major US airports in the past five years. He STILL runs out in front of cars on a regular basis. And 'holding hands' means putting a death grip on his wrist and then trying to distract him until you arrive at an enclosed space.

I also used to think that those leash/harness things were abusive, but I think sometimes there are more important things. Like keeping a child alive.

That's all.

LadyBug said...

I used a leash with both of the girls, especially when we went someplace large and crowded, like the mall. In fact, at one point, I had the oldest on a wrist leash-thing, and the youngest in a harness leash-thingy. (They're 19 1/2 months apart, so when Miss Attitude started walking at 11 months, The Drama Queen was only 2 1/2.) I don't remember what the names on the packages were, but I bought them both in the baby section...at Wal-Mart, maybe? They were made and sold specifically for toddlers.

It sure made me feel like they were safer. They could walk, I didn't have to fight them to carry them or keep them in the stroller, they felt like they had a little freedom, but I didn't have to worry about them walking off or someone running off with them.

McSwain said...

I think it means you don't want your kid to run in front of a car or get kidnapped by a really bad man (or lady) at the store. :)

M&Co. said...

Uh! I wouldn't be without ours! The BoyChild can be a nut job! I still make him hold my hand but at least if he slips away, I've still got ahold of him.

Greenthumb said...

I think as long as it does not include a pinch collar, you should be good to go.