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They aren't leashes, Tatted Mom.
I hear that crap all the time by people who put their kids on a leash. Kid keeper, safety harness, whatever in the hell you want to call it, let's get real- it's a leash.
Why on earth would you want to put your child on a leash? Is the child a pet? Do you put your kid's food on the floor, too, and make them slop it up like an animal? Do you hose the kid down outside before letting them come into the house? Do you give your kid flea baths?
Then why in the hell would you put your kid on a leash? To me, this is one of the laziest parenting practices ever. Either hold the child's hand while walking, put the kid in a stroller or pick the kid up. The kid leash is ridiculous and needs to be outlawed.
I've brought up my disdain for kid leashes to close friends and relatives, and most of them agreed with me. Few, though, either had used kid leashes or had no problem with using kid leashes, so that's when the debate would begin.
Here are some actual reasons that have been used to support kid leashes... and my rebuttal.
Safety harnesses keep the parents close to the child while out in public.
So does holding a child or putting them in a stroller.
My kid wriggles out of my grip when holding my hand.
Then put the kid in a stroller or pick them up.
It allows a child to safely explore their surroundings while still having boundaries.
Either let the kid explore their surroundings or keep them from exploring their surroundings, but putting them on a kid leash confuses them. They see a pretty flower approximately 6 feet away
from them and when they go toward the flower they can move. When they get 2 feet or so away from the flower, BAM! They are stopped dead in their tracks, maybe even to the point of falling backward, and can just solemnly look at the flower that's just outside of their reach. If you are going to let your child explore their surroundings, then make sure you are on your toes to run after them at the drop of a hat. Or walk right next to them while they do so, but let them explore everything themselves, without a harness.
I always know where my child is when I use one of them.
Because people always lost their kids before the invention of kid leashes? Do you normally not pay attention to where your child is unless you are using a kid leash? If so, we have a bigger problem on our hands.
Putting a kid who can walk into a stroller is adding to the child obesity epidemic in America. If my kid can walk, they will walk, and a kid leash helps me control them while they are walking.
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My kid has lots of energy and doesn't like to be in a stroller.
I'm sorry, I was under the impression you were the parent. It seems to me that your kid has you wrapped around his or her finger, so you just let them do whatever they want. My kids didn't always like sitting in strollers, either. I'd let them walk beside me, holding my hand, but would warn them that if they ran off or wiggled out of my hand, they'd be put back into the stroller. First wiggle, they went back into the stroller, screaming at the top of their lungs. They knew the consequence. Tough crap.
I have always been opposed to kid leashes, ever since my children were small enough to have used one. I had friends who leashed their kids, and I always asked them why they would do that to their kid. I heard everything, and honestly not a single excuse or reason made me ever look at kid leashes differently. I wouldn't fill a bowl with food and set it on the floor for my kids to eat at meal time, I wouldn't give my kids a flea bath, I wouldn't put a cone around my kid's head if it was scratching at something it shouldn't have been, I wouldn't put my kid in a kennel to sleep at night, and I wouldn't put a leash on my kid. My kids are not dogs, they are humans.
All of that was my serious view on kids on leashes, but I'm hoping some of you out there remember the video clip below. Whenever I see a kid on a leash, I immediately think Mike Myers in that Saturday Night Live skit, and I start to laugh hysterically. I would never want my kid to go through this... yet another reason to keep kids off of leashes.
Make sure you pee before you hit 'play'. This is one of the funniest SNL skits ever! Enjoy!!