Kids on Leashes?
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.
Here are a few reasons that I kept my kids on leashes:
- Pregnant ladies can only run so fast.
- I love my kids too much to watch them become road kill.
- I was pregnant for far too long to take the chance that they get out of my eyesight for a second and get abducted. When they are on a leash, I always know where they are.
- Little kids can run ridiculously fast and are about as slippery as a greased pig.
- Really, is keeping a kid confined to stroller or a playpen any more humane?
- My daughter’s loved their leashes. They thought the little monkey on their back was like giving their stuffy a piggyback ride.
- Who is it harming? It’s not like I’m taking my kids for walks in the dog park and kenneling them when we get home.
- Why is it ok for people to treat their dogs like children but it’s a mortal sin for me to leash my child for safety reasons? It’s not like I’m pretending they are my pet. The people with their dog in a pram however think that Fido is from the fruit of their loins. Really, which is sicker?
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?
What do you think about kids on leashes?