Kids on Leashes, what? I know that many parent’s find the very thought of a leash on a child to be appalling. I understand this way of thinking. I believe my exact words were, “I’d never put a leash on my daughter! She’s not a dog!!!”
Yes, I was every bit as indignant as you might imagine. And I NEVER would have until the day that I was 9 months pregnant and my 2 year old decided that it would be HILARIOUS to take off running down the road, as I tried to maneuver my girth to put her in the car seat. She took off like a bolt of lightening and headed directly for traffic. My life flashed before my eyes and I’m sure that a 200 pound pregnant woman has never ran so fast before or since that day. It was pure adrenaline that caught me up to my giggling toddler and it was her adorable smile and hug that saved her from my wrath. It’s hard to not overreact when you are scared out of your mind. I think I cried and then I sat on the grass trying to catch my breath, praying that my unborn baby was not negatively affected by the mad dash that I had made down the road.
Then I got in my car, drove to Target and bought a leash.
It’s not like I give them treats or have them do tricks. I simply want to keep them close and out of harms way. I also don’t leave them in leashes past the age of 3. Once they are old enough to understand that they need to stay close, the leashes are gone. A leash does not need to be about humiliation or treating your child like an animal. Thank of it as an extension of mommy’s hand, it keeps them safe and close to you.
Did you put your kids on leashes?