While I was out and about on Monday I happened to see a woman with a child on a leash. I never used one and have always hated seeing them being used on a child. So then I come home and I see this on Facebook.
I found it funny and shared it. Apparently it struck a nerve with someone though because this is what she had to say
You find that funny? At fairs, carnivals, I used a leash on my kids when they were little..It's a safety issue in crowds and NOT to be made fun of. One woman confronted me once. I asked her how old her kids were; one was 6, the other 8. Then I asked her where they were.. Oh, somewhere around here, why? I responded that mine were "right here.....safe."
My reply was that yes I did find it funny and that I have never liked leashes on children and found them to be a poor substitute for a watchful eye. OOPS!! I guess that was the wrong thing to say also. Her next response was
when I used them - was 50 years ago. I was watchful and I resent the implication that the leash means a parent is not. I used them at places where there were large crowds. We are each entitled to our opinion I suppose.
I replied that there was no offense intended and it's just a difference of opinion. What I wanted to say was that the parents I've seen using them are not paying any attention to the child. Even in a large crowd someone could unhook them and snag the child while the parent is paying attention to something else. In my opinion a leash is not the best way to keep your child safe. Hold their hand, carry them, put them in a stroller.
So tell me what is your opinion about using a leash on a child?