Originally Posted by Gentle~Mommy :)
My sister is giving me a hard time, it looks like I am walking a dog when my little guy wears his.
We have been practicing with it around the house because we are going to the zoo next weekend and he keeps running away from us out in pubic
so I want to use it at the zoo to keep him safe. He hates the stroller and his baby brother will be in the stroller anyway.
He loves the harness, it is like a monkey and I hold the tail part.
My sister says it's demeaning to have my child on a leash and will harm him emotionally.
Is that true?
Your sister needs to mind her own business and stop spouting her opinions as fact.
Some people don't like them. That is fine. I understand. But, I have never seen any concrete evidence that using a leash/harness will harm a child. Also, I really get pissed when people make snide remarks about how we who have used them must not teach our children to hold our hands. What an interesting
Of course, they can be used in the wrong manner, but so can slings, car seats, high chairs, play yards, strollers, etc.
To me it was a safety net, not a babysitter, and certainly it did not take the place of my watchful eye. It was a tool.
It was a lifesaver when my middle child was younger. He has Autism and hated to hold hands and was a bit large for the stroller. So, I bought a blue harness/leash (his favorite color) and used it when we went out. He was strong enough to wrench his hand out of mine, way too easily. He was happy as a clam, because he got to walk and explore.
No one ever said a bad word against me when we used it. If they had, I probably would have told that person to mind their own business and butt out.