Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Kid Leashes

I hate kid leashes. Usually, they're used to prevent kids from "bolting". My 4 year old used to bolt. My response? I'd bolt after him, grab him, and waggle a finger. Worked for my parents, works for me.

Scott Adams, who seems much more eloquent,
comments thusly:
My first reaction to the kid on the leash is that it was humiliating and wrong. But the kid seemed happy enough. And so it made me wonder if the father is ever tempted to take it to the next level, i.e. walking the kid naked and picking up the turds with a plastic bag. That has got to be easier than changing a diaper. If it weren’t, dogs would wear diapers. I think that’s obvious. And once you’ve decided that humiliation isn’t an issue, all bets are off.
A better idea might be to put cement in their shoes. It would slow them down enough that you can tackle them. Then, you wouldn't get disapproving looks from us busy bodies because we wouldn't know any different. We might say how muscular their legs are for a 2-year old, but that's okay.

BTW, I don't condone disapproving looks from people who aren't parents - that, "I'd never do that to my child" look. They are always wrong on the subject of parenting, regardless if they agree with me.

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7 comments:

Suzanne said...

I sometimes use a leash for my four-and-a-half-year-old kid because she's autistic and she has no concept of the consequences of her actions. If she runs off, she could potentially hurt herself. She has no clue that if she's on the sidewalk, she has to stop at lights and entrances to parking lots.

I don't think of a kid leash as humiliating, because I'm doing it for her own good. If I were doing it out of some kind of laziness or superiority, that could be humiliating, but that's not the case for me.

I just hired a therapist to help her with her various issues, and "running off" is one of them. I'd vastly prefer to not use a leash, but until then, I will use one, otherwise taking her out could be dangerous.

People have commented to me that a kid leash is a good idea.

[Edited to add: I deleted the first message because it had some serious English mistakes].

Anonymous said...

About the kid on a leash thing sounded rediculous to me! When I would see them on the street I would feel so bad for the kids. but then my cousin had a boy and he was so hyper that put a leash on him it kind of made since. it kept him out of the street and its hard to watch a kid 24/ 7

Anonymous said...

I got a leash because my toddler is a runner and I also have a 3 year old who I kept leaving behind in an open public place to chase after her brother. I was the parent who said I would never do it but for the safety of both of my kids it became a necessity considering that my son also LOATHS being strapped in a stroller. I am embarrassed about it. I feel like I am walking a little puppy and people are giving me that look. I have to get over it. I don't want my son squished by a car or for someone to take off running with my daughter when I leave her a 100 feet behind.

Anonymous said...

I think people who are so against kids with leashes either A. Don't have kids or B. Strap their kid with no freedom and leave them stuck in a stroller. Hmm....think about it. ...I am SO FOR IT!! If it means my kid is safe and especially if my kid doesn't like holding hands and bla bla bla...then I am for it. At least I'm not a lazy mother who shoves obesity down my kids throat (FAST FOOD!!) and at least my kid will get the exercise while on the leash rather than strapped in a stroller with no physical movement whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

Breastfeeding in public is also on the list of "humiliation" that parents in the US must endure if they so choose. "Hold on hunny, mommy has to feed you in the potty place because nipples are blasphemous."

The American public would much rather see children get smacked around in public(or private) than attached to their parents with a "leash". Oh, the moral confusion that reeks in this country!

Anonymous said...

i AM SO FOR THE KID LEASHES. I HAVE 4 KIDS AGES 5, 4, 2, AND 4 MONTHS. MY HUSBAND IS IN THE MILITARY AND GETS DEPLOYED ALOT SO MANY TIMES I HAVE TO DO EVEYDAY ERRANDS WITH ALL THE KIDS. FOR THE MOST PART I ONLY USE ONE FOR MY 2 YEAR OLD. I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY THEY GET FUNNY LOOKS. NOONE LOOKS AT A MOM WITH A 2 YEAR OLD IN A STROLLER FUNNY SO WHATS THE DIFFERENCE. PARENTS USE STROLLERS SO THERE KIDS CANT JUST RUN OFF AND THATS WHY I USE A LEASH. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS EXERCISE AND A LITTLE MORE INDEPENDENCE.

Jim (Progressive Right) said...

I have somewhat changed my opinion of kid leashes based on Suzanne's comment above, but in response to Anon @ 1:33, leashes are different than using a stroller (or should be).

We only use a stroller when the kids are on a long walk, and we know they'll get tired.

If it's a short(ish) walk, the kids walk.