Child Leashes: Helpful or Humiliating
Ahhh the great child leash debate. Here's a good article on the debate between pro child harness folks and the anti.
What do you think? would you use a child harness, have you? Do you think they are helpful or humiliating?
This is one of those things before having a child I said I absolutely would never ever do, but now that I have a child and she can be so hard to keep up with, I think if I were in a very public place with a lot of people where it would be easy to lose her, I would consider it.
but u never know.. i might find myself using them. lol hope not!!
Now if he were school age and we were using a harness then we would have a problem. Lol
A friend of ours has two boys and her oldest is autistic. Surprisingly enough the older boy learned very quickly that if he didn't stay close to his parents in public places there would be consequences. Their younger son is the problem. He is a runner and every attempt at discipline didn't work. Taking something away made him scream until they all had to leave anyway. Putting him in a stroller made him tip the whole thing over and hurt himself. Spankings made him laugh. She finally got the harness and it's been great. He burns of energy and is much better behaved. He listens better when they're out and won't touch things he's not supposed to touch and doesn't throw tantrums.
I'm sure they'll wean him off of it someday but I think they made the right choice. I hope I won't have to use one with my kids but I'm staying open minded.
Now having a VERY active son of my own (this one cannot sit still and is all over the place, constantly, and gets bored easily), I am considering purchasing one. I am not going to yet though until I am certain he needs one.
Children do need to stretch their legs. Not all children need a harness but some do. If a child does not need one, then that is awesome! If a child does, then that is awesome as well.
What I have learned after having an active son, do not be so quick to judge another for how they parent or what they use for their child (i.e. a harness) because one: I do not know the mother or the child, and two: It is not my place to tell another how to a parent/raise their child.
I would love for this site to stop being so judgmental of other. We are ALL mothers. We parent differently. There is no right or wrong way to parent, as long as the child is not being harmed. Everyone has a right to his/her own opinion, but judging another or stating false claims is far different.