While I Like to Keep My Husband on a Short Leash…..
While I like to keep my husband on a short leash….I’ve never put one of my children on a leash. First of all, I’m kidding, I don’t keep my husband on a short leash. He may disagree with that statement however… so maybe I should change it to “I don’t mean to keep my husband on a short leash”. At any rate, that isn’t the point here. The point is that I’ve never put my kids on a leash. So, I am wondering who has? Or who thinks it is okay? Or who thinks it is abominable? Or who sees pros and cons?
Today I saw, what I am guessing to have been, a mother and a grandmother walking (literally) a toddler down the sidewalk…on a leash. I am not trying to cast judgement. I do not claim to be a perfect parent. For example….. there was the time that I let Thatcher lay in bed with my husband and forgot to transfer him to his own bed. I went into the bedroom later to find my husband sound asleep and 2 year-old Thatcher WIDE EYED with the sheets pulled up to his nose watching, none other than, the Gladiator on the TV. Excellently appropriate movie for a toddler. And then there was the time that my husband bought air freshener that looked alarmingly like the can of Pan Nonstick Spray and I used it to make the boys some grilled cheese sandwiches. I didn’t even realize that I had done so until my husband asked, “Why is the air freshener in the Lazy Susan?” a couple of days later. And, just today, as I was trying desperately to choose one hanging plant and a few perennials….and all the boys wanted to do was play bumper cars with the garden carts….and Wolf Hill was closing in 5 minutes…I absolutely said some words of encouragement for better behavior that I am now, in hindsight, not proud of. Nor, for the record, were they effective.
Soooooo, I digress. I am by no means perfect, but the kid on a leash thing is something that I haven’t quite wrapped my head around. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t feel (or look I guess) more than a bit wrong to me. I am all about Safety First…I really am. So, if you have a runner and you really think that your child is going to dart into traffic with no advanced warning….then maybe a leash is the way to go? Likewise, if you are in an incredibly busy place…like, say, Disney World or the Running of the Bulls in Pamploma (in which case, I suppose, whether or not to use a leash would probably not be the parental decision that would be in question), I guess I can see the merit. We, as parents, have always opted for strollers or simple hand-holding. That having been said, we did once suffer through a horrifically long 2 or 3 minutes of not being able to find Finn at the New England Aquarium. While I guess, if I had to pick sides, I would call myself anti-leash, a leash would have prevented that from happening. So, I ask you honestly, what are your thoughts?