Put A Leash On Your Kid!

If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s parents who have no control over their children.  Their kids are always underfoot and it drives me insane.  You want to yell at the kids “Where the hell are your parents?!?”.  I mean, is no one watching them??

Probably because karma is a bitch has a sense of humor, this pretty much describes my kid these days.

I was thinking about taking Vista to the zoo today, but the last time we went it was…difficult. She’s starting to want to walk around more and not be in the stroller, which is fine. But the problem is, she runs off constantly. And she HATES holding my hand while walking (entirely too much physical contact for her). So taking her to the zoo myself means I can’t bring the stroller (ever tried to run after a toddler while controlling a stroller in a busy place? Doesn’t work so well, trust me. And you get a lot of pissed off people when you almost run over their kids who are also running amok), which means carrying a very heavy 30 lb kid when she gets tired and doesn’t want to walk anymore.

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I’ve seen parents with these kid harnesses (aka leashes for your children). I think it might be a good idea, but I just hate the fact that it screams “I can’t control my 2 year old”. Even if that is true. I don’t really need to broadcast that to the world. And I have a big mouth. So if some opinionated person happened to say something, I might just end up telling them where to go and the shortest way to get there. Anyway, I guess what I’m asking is this: Are there other options? Something I’m missing? Things that have worked for your kids?

So there’s the leashing issue. Out in the open. Now to find out if they sell muzzles for kids too. Definitely going to need one of those when she’s a teenager

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7 Responses to Put A Leash On Your Kid!

  • avasmommy says:

    I plan on using one when Ava gets older and I don’t give a shit what anyone thinks about it. For me, it’s more about peace of mind that controlling my kid. If she’s tethered to me, she can’t run off, or a stranger can’t as easily grab her. Maybe I’m just paranoid, or have watched too many Lifetime TV movies. But my first duty is to keep her safe. And dammit, I intend to do it.
    .-= avasmommy´s last blog ..Rufus =-.

  • Yeah, who cares what other people think if leashing your kid gives you peace of mind. Plus, you’d be more apt to get out and take her places if you don’t have to worry about the running off/stroller issue.

    I say it’s a win/win.
    .-= @heartmychloe´s last blog .. =-.

  • dave says:

    You could try reversing it on her. Tell her she can go where-ever she wants but you’re going thatta-way. Kids generally want to stick around their parental units, and get a bit nervous when they’re not in sight.

    Jenn Reply:

    We have tried doing that when we’re out with her. We’ll go another way and do the “Bye. Mommy’s going this way”. We’ve even gone so far as to hide around a corner on her to try and evoke that response. Unfortunately, she’s one of those kids who doesn’t have that ‘check in’ reflex and as long as no one is trying to pick her up or touch her, she’ll just keep going without a care of where we are.

  • Jenn,

    I highly recommend the backpack option in this situation. I put the baby in a metal framed backpack or in the Ergo and off we go. She’s up high and loves looking around. Sometimes, I’ll bring the stroller too just in case I get tired or too hot while packing her along. Backpacking Dad might have some good insights on this subject.
    .-= whomovedmygroove´s last blog ..Wax On. Wax Off. =-.

  • AmyElle says:

    Oh, I can SO relate. I had twins, and when some stupid, opinionated bitch at a very, very full soccer field commented about it, I let her have it all. Literally, I handed her the leashes, told her I would be over there, and if she could keep up with them both, alone, for an hour without the leashes, I would let her throw them away. Before the hour was up, she brought the kids to me, one in each arm, and asked where I had gotten the leashes. Apparently her daughter was pg with twins, and the lady learned the hard way to shut her trap. I have learned that usually silences people, and of course, I am never out of sight.
    .-= AmyElle´s last blog ..The Flying Circus =-.

  • FWIW, when I see those leashes I don’t think, “They can’t control their kid” I think, “Thank god, those are people who can PARENT! And make an effort.”
    When I notice that is, lol
    .-= thepsychobabble´s last blog ..Under Construction =-.

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