Do you think it is appropriate to have children on leashes?
No. I have never found this type of behavior appropriate. Kids are not animals and should be taught at a very young age to behave themselves in public.
Thank you, JT, what is WRONG with these "parents"? This is a sign of lazy parenting to its ultimate. People just DON'T want to commit to training their children. They want the quick fix!
I can see both of your points. But a toddler while learning can make a mistake and they are FAST. They can see something in the street and make a dash and it just isn't always about parenting, it is about the impulsiveness of that age group.
I agree with JT and GM...children should be taught how to behave in company of others. With good training and discipline there would be no need for leashes.
Thank God, I never had to even think about doing that. However, I have had friends with kids who were so unruly, at places such as Six Flags, or even a mall, that I wished they were on leashes. They were so chaotic that I really thought they could pose a danger to other people and themselves.
On the other hand, I had a friend who did use a leash on her child because she was afraid she would lose him in large crowds. I hate to say it, but that child didn't seem to have much of a personality. He was always very quiet and still.
So I guess what I'm trying to say, is that it depends on the reason for using it, as well as the situation they are in.
Depends on the child! LOL!
Seriously I have not seen that in a number of years. I grew up in an era where if a child got out of line in public they got spanked in public. Today those parents would be videotaped and arrested I suppose.
However if my child wasn't ready for "prime time" they'd have to stay home with a babysitter. I'd refuse to walk my child like a dog.
Lol...I don't remember what comedian called it the ultimate "giving up" on parenting. I can't speak for others but I've raised two with no leashes - though I chose to stay home and parent them myself everyday. Not because I could afford to, but because raising them with awareness, capability, and controlled behavior was more important than paying the bills on time. This was important to me as there are behavior and mental health issues throughout members of my immediate family. When we go out, my children are always complemented on their polite manners and behavior. My oldest won the "no-bully zone" award this year in school for befriending children in her class being picked on by others.
In return, my decision to be a full-time mom first has taught me more than I had ever hoped to learn in this life.
Lee @ Lee's Teas
I see less and less of the leash thing here, what I do see though is parents who put their older children in strollers where it is painfully obvious that the child is too big for the stroller. To me, it is the same thing. With the exception of mentally impaired children, I don't find it appropriate at all.
Can you imagine what goes on in their house when these kids are at home? I shudder to think.
Kevin.....If you are built like this Mom and carry a heavy backpack (probably her 5 course lunch!) who could not possibly move fast enough to chase after a wiry kid, in a busy city or near traffic......the leash is appropriate, in terms of keeping this child safe. The only other thing to be concerned with, would be that she doesn't sit on the poor boy!!
Otherwise? There are more appropriate means to keep tabs on your child and protect them in crowds. "Badparenting.org?" Yes, I would surely say so!
Then again.....this is easy for me to say. My child-rearing is well behind me. In today's seriously DANGEROUS world, parents may find the leash a very comforting thing. I would dissuade them from teaching their children to Sit, HEEL and STAY!
It's a matter of personal, parental decision.
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