Child leashes still exist – and you might be surprised by how widely they’re used! Parents seem very torn on if they are appropriate to use on children, though. A Facebook poll resulted in very mixed responses.
“I use one on my two-year-old. I used one on my 13-year-old. And I’ll use it on my baby if she needs it. Parenting is not about controlling your child. It is about teaching them to have self control. My job is to keep my loves safe and well until they learn to do it for themselves.”
“I thought they were horrible until the day that my two-year-old broke away from my hand and ran into traffic. Luckily she wasn’t hurt. We bought one that day.”
“With three young children who liked to run off with no regard to safety and only two hands, I made the decision that I needed to do something. We tried numerous types of ‘leashes’ – there really are a LOT of options out there – before finding the right fit. They made me feel less like a prison warden and more like a mom teaching my kids to stay close and stay safe.”
“I feel like if you have to put a leash on your child you have no control over your child, which means the parents needs to learn some additional parenting skills to be able to handle their child.”
“You put leashes on a dog not a child . I’m totally against them. I think it’s a parent’s excuse to half do their job(supervising their child).”
“I would never use one. If I can’t hold my child’s hand or carry her, we don’t go out. She was taught to walk with me and not let go of my hand.”
“I used one once. It made me feel oddly out of control. I know those types of feelings transfer to my child so I didn’t like using it. I would never judge a person who felt it was necessary to use one. I would assume that they are doing the best they can to keep their child safe.”
“It really depends on the situation. I think they are okay for very young children in very crowded spaces. I remember when my son was just starting to be mobile he never wanted held and he never wanted to hold a hand. That was fine most of the time but there were times that we were in crowded places and I wished I had one of those monkey backpack leashes.”
“We used a harness (prefer this term to leash) for one of our foster children. He was non verbal, did not answer to his name and ran away as often as he could. It was necessary for safety. For our family safety was the deciding factor, we haven’t and wouldn’t use one with a typical toddler.”
Have you ever used child leashes? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.