Originally Posted by SparklingGemini
Not everyone who opts out of using a child leash experiences these kind of exchanges.
And not everyone who opts out of leashes holds their child's hand above their head for long durations of time.
I stand by what I said. I think leashes are ghastly. I think they can give a false sense of security to parents, I think they are the lazy way out of teaching children and I think that they send a horrible message to small children.
Wow, thanks for calling me lazy. I really appreciate that. I have a leash, and I have it for one reason - TO MAKE SURE MY SON DOESN'T RUN INTO THE STREET!!!!! Seriously, what offends your sense of sight more? A dead child in the middle of the street or a leash? A leash? really? You'd rather my kid die than be attached to a safety device? Thanks, thats nice of you.
Let me explain. I have used a leash 3x. Once to test it out. Ok, my son hates it passionately, so I only use it when absolutely necessary. When would it be absolutely necessary you ask?
Well, see, I don't own a car. So I have to take the bus certain places, not often you know, but sometimes. Sometimes I also have to do lots of walking when I get somewhere, so I have to take the stroller too. Strollers have to be collapsed before I can get on the bus. This means that my child can't be in the stroller while we wait for the bus. So, I take him out of the stroller, attach his back pack leash and fold up the stroller. While I'm folding the stroller, he's usually trying to run into the street to "play" with the cars and trucks. I have told him not to do this THOUSANDS of times - he does it anyway b/c he's only 18mo and doesn't understand that those cars and trucks can kill him. The ONLY time the leash is taught is while I am folding the stroller. I can't hold him, fold the stroller, and all the rest of our stuff all at the same time. I HAVE to keep him safe - thats my JOB.
So, thanks for calling me lazy. It really truly made my day.