Leashes Are For Dogs

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  1. Liz says:

    I used to think that too, but I got a leash after someone took my kid in Walmart. But now she is strapped into the cart or on the leash. There is NOTHING wrong with them unless the parents is treating them like an animal

  2. Sue says:

    I had one too. I used it for my kids. Gave them a little freedom from always having to hold my hand and me peace of mind that nobody could just snatch them up.

  3. CR says:

    I agree! I have 3 children, including 2yo twins, and those things are lifesavers! To all of the non-parents out there who don’t like it–when you have kids of your own, then you will understand!

  4. Lisa says:

    Have a nephew like mine used to be, and you will praise the leash to Heaven and back. My poor sister, no matter what she did to the little cretin, had a hard time keeping him near her. The last straw came when everyone was eating at the McD’s at her WalMart and the cute little beast decided to run out of McD’s and straight for the exit doors of the WalMart! My parents stayed with her daughter while she ran after him. That monkey backpack/leash combo became her best friend.

  5. Derek says:

    I also think nothign is wrong with them, if you have a child that doesn’t listen especially!

  6. JD Storm says:

    there used to a time where a parent could give an evil look to a kid to settle them down. kids would know what would happen if they refused to listen.

  7. MajorTrouble says:

    I have 4 kids. My 3 girls never gave me problems. My son, we wound up having to use a backpack/leash with him. No matter what we did, he always wanted to run off. He thought wearing it was making him a big boy cause we told him it was a backpack like his sisters wore to school. He could put anything in it he wanted to, and always wanted to wear it when we went to the store. It is all in how you look at it, him wearing it kept him safe and close to us, and made a nicer enviroment for the other shoppers as well since he was not running up and down the isles with us chasing after him and calling his name constantly.

  8. lordofthegadflies says:

    I would vote for leash laws for children. Parents, please keep your rugrats leashed.

  9. BB says:

    Isn’t it ironic how the first two comments to support a child leash also mention how they were at Wal-Mart? Lol! Aw, shucks! Top-quality people thar!

    Child leashes are for the lazy parents who don’t know how to be a parent. According to today’s standards, I would have been a poster child to ADHD. I listened to my parents even though I was always very active. Why? Because my parents knew how to keep me in line and I respected them.

    Today’s kids aren’t taught to respect their elders or to respect authority figures. Today, kids are taught that if someone slaps them, they can call the police and it’s child abuse. Many parents want to be their child’s “BFF” and fail miserably at parenting.

    Go back to the right ways. Kid out of control? A solid whack on the butt will work wonders and it is NOT child abuse! Leashes are for animals, not children. Then again, most children today are the result of poor parenting and ARE animals!

  10. Spydor01 says:

    @ BB – Have you even had kids? Mine are in college now, but even raising them with a heavy hand, and them knowing I’d spank them no matter where we were, I STILL wish these things were available when mine were little. My son was the terror, wanting to run off at the drop of a hat, so having him secured would heve been nice. Any helpful parenting device is welcome!

  11. MajorTrouble says:

    @BB not all parents are lazy. I taught my kids respect and spanked their butts. As mentioned in my first post, my 3 girls never gave me any trouble, but my son did. After many test, he has been diagnosed with ADD and a slight learning disability. You do not know the full situation behind each parent. In the case of my son, it was best for him to be on a leash. Learn some real facts before spouting off at the mouth and sounding like an idiot, which you just did.

  12. sw says:

    I agree with BB. I am a parent I would never put my kid on a leash like an animal.

  13. sw says:

    ..and the kid has no pants on.

  14. missy says:

    If you can’t control your kids without a leash then stay at home! As of mother of three this woman is being a lazy parent.

  15. BaiShan says:

    The kid is pretty old to be leashed. I can see it with certain pre schoolers, but unless the kid is autistic or sth, why that old?
    In Expo 86 I saw this white family who were visiting and the man had the two girls, like 13 and 11, dressed really plain, on string leashes. They were about 4 foot ahead of him and clearly humiliated.
    I only say the race to try to indicate that they were like East European kind. I am not being clear: They were very self controlled, colourless, joyless, lips drawn tight tight tight. No happiness and lots of fear and regimentation. I’ve never had the sadness to see Asian or Spanish or Black families like that. However, there isn’t a wide variety of races in Canada and the race itself isn’t very important, so…
    I didn’t feel comfortable with the look and body language of this woman either. Is he adopted? They look to be different races. Sometimes adopted an older child especially, there are special difficulties.
    My son I had on a wrist leash. It was a velcro clasped band and the leash was a brightly coloured plastic ringed thingy like old telephone wires. I didn’t know at the time that, among his several disabilities, i.e. an inability to communicate, he couldn’t see further than the end of his fingers. Of course he was getting lost all the time, and then couldn’t explain where he belonged. I could have put a badge on him, but after a little boy disappeared on Vancouver Island, with his little cap having his first name on it, people are hesitant to ID a child in public here.

  16. BaiShan says:

    re message above: Meant to read, line 11, “sometimes with an adopted child, especially an older child, there are special difficulties.”

    sorry ’bout that.

  17. sjw says:

    i agree. i think that is poor parenting skills to not be able to monitor/protect/control your child(ren). its akin to laziness in the parent.
    i also agree that if you cant control your child – stay home.

  18. What?!??! says:

    My son has Autism. He looks perfectly normal, but has difficulty controlling his body and his movements. I most certainly did use a backpack style leash on him when he was smaller. People shouldn’t judge until they know the WHOLE story – just because a child LOOKS “normal” does not mean they are!!! BTW – I will NOT keep my child locked away at home just to keep some jerks in their comfort zone!!!

  19. BB says:

    I have a son. He was quite energetic (to say the least) when younger, but never did I need a leash. He knew by even just “the look” to calm down or there would be hell to pay.

    Once again, leashes are for pets and not children. If you can’t control your children, then you shouldn’t be having any. Too many parents throw their hands up and give up way too soon instead of teaching their children.

    As for “MajorTrouble:” You can say that my comment makes me sound like an idiot, but your comment makes you sound like a poor parent. Most kids these days are diagnosed with “ADD.” It’s mostly an excuse to help the parents be lazy and for the doctors to push unneeded medications.

  20. balansboy says:

    I have 3 kids and if I had to resort to using a leash to control my children, then I have failed as a parent. My 3 pet peeves for parents are using leashes, pacifiers past the age of 1 to 1/12 (honestly, if the child has to remove there paci to talk, something is the matter), and running around in diapers with no pants. This mother hits 2 of the 3. Fail.

  21. SoCal says:

    I agree with BB, sjw, and quite a few of the others. If you need a leash, and your kid doesn’t have a learning disability then you are lazy. I have never had to use a leash with my child. He learned to never run off at a young age. If he wanted to see something he would ask me first, still does. I also laugh at the pro-leash people, because one time on a walk. I saw this woman with what looked like a 3 year old on a leash. The kid was so far from her, her arm was raised up and she wasn’t even looking at him. She was busy running her mouth the whole time. Wonder how long it took her to see him holding that trash he was picking up.

    Oh balansboy so agree with you on the pacifier thing. Was in an airport recently and saw a 5 year old with one in his mouth. Along with the pacifiers are those women that give their kids bottles when they should be drinking out of sippy cups.

  22. Mary Ledger says:

    Hi all!!

    I have two kids, a 3 and a 4 year old and although I agree that leashes are not a pretty way to protect your child i see some use in them! We must all agree that it’s easy to get distracted sometimes and that most kids have an enormous desire to wonder around…

    Last xmas my husband found a product that works like a virtual child leash, Kiddo kidkeeper. the concept is very similar. It allows you to set a distance and alerts when the child goes further than that… For us was particularly helpful because it allowed to monitor both kids at the same time with different sounds..

  23. mrwhyte says:

    Now I don’t think leashes are necessarily the best idea out there, but with how hectic things are these days it’s not the worst idea. What other options are there really? You can sit down and have a frank discussion but you are better off talking to a wall since children are technically insane before a certain age and cannot truly be reasoned with. (there are exceptions to every rule so don’t bother saying your kid can)You can spank them but since childrens rights activists have gone to town you’re more likely to end up in jail nowadays thanks to some yuppie… Notice how all kids are starting to develop add and adhd. It’s also the diet. Quit feeding your kids tons of sugar or cheap meat or stuff like that that is filled with hormones. You know all that stuff can’t be good for you.

  24. Grrr! says:

    I agree with you BB! When I was growing up, if someone said to my mom “Your son has ADD.”, the response would’ve been “I bet he won’t have it tomorrow.” Now, everything has some sort of condition, some sort of problem attached to it, so that people don’t have to take responsibility for it. 5-10 year olds with ADD? Get out of here! Every kid I know has too much energy and likes to run around with crazy excitement. THAT’S WHY THESE THINGS CALLED “PARENTS” ARE TO PROPERLY RAISE THEIR CHILDREN!

    What?!?!?- you are proof of exactly what we are talking about. Maybe not to the extreme, but close enough. I know many Autistic children, who are fine now, due to their upbringing. It’s easy to say “They can’t control themselves”, or “They have a problem”. But the issue here is What are you going to do about it? Children aren’t animals. So if you aren’t raising your children like children, I’m going to say 10 times out 10, it’s not the child’s fault. After all, they can’t raise themselves. Sure, they might have conditions and whatnot, but there are many ways to get help for that, all it takes is willing a parent(s) to take the time to understand their world. That and parents actually sticking the hard stuff out, and not giving up at the sight of any problems. Then what about when the leash is off? The leash doesn’t solve anything at all. It’s just a quick fix. If you want to use a leash, go ahead. Just make sure you’re raising and teaching your kids as well instead of putting them on display like a freak show, or walking them around like they’re sub-human. I’ve seen people pamper their dogs and treat their dogs like people, then turn around and leash their kids. It’s ridiculous. You don’t have to lock your children up, all you have to do is your job as a parent. Anything less than that is laziness.

  25. ack says:

    The only people who hate these things are the people who do not have kids or only have one or two. I have nine (mostly adopted). Three are hyperactive. I need the leashes.

  26. norm says:

    Funny, No one says anything about the rug-rat in the background running around unattended!

  27. BB says:

    Then I guess the only people who love these things are the lazy, unfit parents who are unable to keep their kids under control. If you cannot control your kids, then you shouldn’t be having any. Period.

  28. ARMEDINTN says:

    I used to think harsh things about leashes until I met a guy about 15 years ago…when they first began to appear. He had lost one of his 2 year old twins in a parking lot (no, not Wal-Mart). The girl twin pulled her hand from his quickly and ran behind a moving car trying to run towards her mother (who had the boy twin). You think a leash is a bad thing? Watch your child get crushed by a slow moving vehicle while your wife is screaming for the car to stop and have the car run over the child again when they pulled forward to see what was wrong. This is exactly what he told me with tears streaming down his face. Mind your own business and leave the leashes alone.

  29. BB says:

    The father didn’t have a proper grip on the child. Had he done so, the child wouldn’t have pulled free and ran behind a moving car.

    Had the parents been walking together and not one quite a few feet ahead, the child wouldn’t have wanted to pull free to walk with the mother.

    If they had used shopping carts and had the child in the child seat, it wouldn’t have happened.

    There are many excuses that can be made, yet leashes are a terrible excuse for poor parenting.

  30. Sibbella says:

    A friend of my mom lost her 2 year old boy because he broke free from her grasp and she couldn’t grab him fast enough before running into traffic.
    I have a harness for my 20 month old because she pulls away from me now, I see nothing wrong with them. It gives her the freedom to walk where she wants too, without a fight. She can run in short jaunts, stops when she wants, and she loves it. Hers has a little Elmo on the front. I’d rather someone say I’m a bad parent for having her wear this, than her die because she pulled away to fast for me and I couldn’t grab her. Oh and I always have a proper grip, but you can’t hold your kid’s wrist to the point of breaking it so that they stay next to you. I has nothing to do with laziness, or being poor parent. I love my child to the end and I want her safe, I can’t always keep her strapped in a stroller.

  31. FS says:

    I agree wth BB. Leashes on a child to me, shows a child knows no boundaries. Growing up I was a little holy terror. I would run off, destroy property, and talk to strangers I didn’t know. This stopped at the age of five. My step father was a firm, but fair parent. I was given two chances to obey. On the third strike, no matter where we were, my father dropped eveything, put me in the car, drove home, and beat my ass until he got his point across. After getting my ass spanked, I was asked why I got in trouble. If I told him anything else other than “I was being selfish, and did not listen, and was acting like an idiot” then another can of whoop ass was opened. Now, I have gone from being a destructive little bastard on society to getting ready to attend law school. Too many parents, don’t talk to their kids and explain the consequences of their actions, mostly just threaten with no intent to follow up. I think the fact that my father always kept firm in punishment is what turned me around.

  32. bill says:

    Lazy fucking parents make me sick. We didn’t need leashes growing up because we knew we would get our asses kicked if we didn’t listen. Smack your kids ass you lazy fucks.

  33. Action Figure says:

    My parents put me on a leash at age 3 for a trip to Disney. I can see why since there’s a lot of crowds, a lot of places I could run off to, and a bunch of strangers who could pick me up at any time.

    However, I was never one to run off, and all I remember about that leash was fighting it. And I was a good kid! Whenever Dad said “Get the leash,” I panicked like I was getting the chair. It has scarred me to this day that my parents would do something like that. Children are not dogs, people. Unless you’re a lazy parent who wants to make your little perfect “feel good,” then keep the leash on a pet.

  34. Snarf says:

    We never had leashes for kids when I was young. Usually a good ass whooping took care of the running……….

  35. Again Hater says:

    My son has ADD and was quite a handful when he was younger but I never used a leash on him. I hated taking him into stores because he would act up and try running around, but I made him sit in the cart. If he tried to get out, he would get his ass spanked when we got outside! You don’t dare spank kids in public these days with all of the nosy fucks around who want to report everyone to child services! I can understand why parents with out of control kids would want to use a leash. I see nothing wrong with it. If it helps save the child’s life, then it’s a good thing!

  36. piratejenny says:

    My mother was a single parent of two children and never had to put us on a leash. Parents are just lazy and don’t want to take the time to keep up with their own children.

  37. michael methe says:

    Maybe if you didn’t refer to it as a leash you would not think on an animal. It’s a harness and it’s a safety precaution. If you asked parents of kids who have an accidents and been hurt, just because they took their eyes off them for a second, you may change your mind. May I add that you put an animal on a leash or harness, (I prefer harness as I would not want to inflict pain by choking my dogs neck) to protect the dog, so it doesn’t run off or dash into traffic.

  38. lt says:

    I had one, my sister had one, and my kids will have one. If this person had kids they would not think that

  39. jersygrl says:

    As the mom of 3 kids with special needs, I certainly don’t judge when I see a parent with their child in a harness. As long as they’re not abusing the kid, it’s none of my damn business. Parents of children with “problems” learn to ignore the rude stares, the whispers, the tsk-tsks as we walk by. We become like horses with blinders on…we look straight ahead and all the gawking faces become a blur. Trust me, we know how to ignore rude people.
    Personally, I believe in putting your small child in a cart or a stroller, as opposed to them walking beside you on a leash. I also believe in playpens. Whatever it takes to keep your child safe, I’m for it.

  40. Jenn says:

    As a young child, I would go and grab my my leash/harness getup whenever I knew we were about to leave the house for a store. I had a tendency to wander off whenever I got distracted, and would often get separated from my mom, and this kept me in check. I was almost abducted once before too, which was quite traumatizing, so I was happy to wear my leash. I didn’t stop wearing it until I outgrew it, which was around age 3.

  41. Stevo says:

    Man, what a judgemental Bunch of a$$holes. Parents use what they need as they need them. Reliance on one thing is a crutch and will fail in extremes of circumstance and changing circumstances. It is a parent’s right to do what THEY see fit to safeguard their child and not of the trolls of the three ring blogs who have a very clear anti leash bias across all of their pages.

    I suspect BB is a Three Ring Blog Mod. Pushing a specific political barrow. Here’s a tip. Ditch the politics and concentrate on the humor.

  42. FLMom says:

    I agree that there ARE a LOT of lazy parents out there and that children these days have behavioral issues that a good spanking when warranted would more than likely fix. That being said, the REAL problem here is that our government has decided that we shouldn’t as parents be allowed to spank (or in ANY way discipline our children), so popping their butts in public is out of the question unless you’d like to go to jail and lose them altogether. I will say, however, as the mother of a toddler AND an autistic teenager, there is a HUGE gray area between leashing and spanking and the trick is to find what works for each child respectively and be consistent with that particular discipline. There have been times with BOTH kids that I’ve had to leave (restaurants, stores, church, parties) because they refused to act properly. That’s where laziness and selfishness comes in with a lot of these parents… they don’t want to sacrifice whatever it is they’re doing to make sure their kids understand that their behavior is unacceptable. This is why my four-year-old is better behaved than a lot of other kids much older than he is. I’m by no means a perfect parent, but I refuse to expose others to my child’s bad behavior, so if he fails to shape up VERY quickly, I remove him from the situation.

  43. blkwolf says:

    if you can control your kids while in public, LEAVE the rugrats at home while shopping.

  44. Mehitabel says:

    Okay let me get this straight: ass whooping=good, leashes=bad

    Seriously? It’s better to beat junior after he bolts into traffic rather than just have him attached to a tether?!

    America the beautiful!

  45. bobbie says:

    if you have a child with special needs like i do the leash, my 3 year old dos not understand that she can not run around the store and will i do keep her in a buggy most of the time she is 3 she wants to walk also, don’t judge till you know the whole store

  46. sabrina says:

    It’s not weird or terrible at all. It’s a safety measurement that is great for public places that tend to get crazy. I have a very active little boy and as soon as he’s wanting to not be in the cart and wanting to walk around on his own he will have one as well. My mom used one on my bro for his safety.

  47. Whitecloud says:

    I have a 5 year old daughter, I have never put her on a leash/harness, But there are sometimes I wish I would have. It’s not often but every now and again she runs off, usually I just have to call her name and she will return to me quickly. Not every kid responds that way, not every kid is like yours or mine.. Giving a kid a smack on the butt does not solve everything, Certainly didn’t solve a thing with me. I was spanked when I was a kid, with the hand, hot Wheel Tracks, and Willow sticks. I came to despise my Grandparent’s and instead started doing drugs, Smoking cigarettes, and drinking starting around the age of 11. You may have called the police had me put in jail had I committed the acts under your Parenting skills, Honestly all I would have to do with today’s laws is tell the law you have been abusing me, I am a kid they would believe me long before they will ever believe you, then guess who is going to jail, Certainly won’t be me.. Physical Discipline is not the answer to all a child’s misbehavior and can and has resulted in worse behaviors when the child grows older. I am not going to leave the store just because my daughter is throwing a fit, I will not leave a store only to give comfort to those around me, if they don’t like it they can either deal with it, walk away, or leave. having kids is a part of life and not everyone of them is going to be the silent little Porcelain doll everyone wants them to be. @BB and all the other “Leash’s are for animal’s cry baby’s”, Get over yourself… We are not all Lazy Parents, We just don’t have the apparently Super human attention span that you do. As for Keeping me and my child home bound just because a couple people can’t get over a child crying, Well You all can get over yourself. I am not going out to please you, your family, Friends or anyone else..

  48. Melanie says:

    When my daughter was two, I took her to the doctor for a skin rash. My mom was with me, she had some shopping to do that day, and we were visiting. I turned my head for just a few seconds and she was down the hallways and out of the motion sensitive door, into the road. From then till she was 4, she wore an Elmo leash when we were in any public place.

  49. Cory says:

    My daughter had one when she was very small. My stepdaughter was holding the handle in a rest stop during a road trip while I juggled several items. A woman made a snide remark to her daughter about the “leashed child.”

    My stepdaughter looked her dead in the eye and said, “They wouldn’t let me have a puppy, but she’s better than nothing.”

    That memory still makes me laugh.

  50. Angie says:

    Child harnesses are often misused, but are not inherently abusive. I had two for my young sons who are less than 2 years apart in age. What is better? Letting kids enjoy a walk in the park or zoo or strapping them into a stroller? Letting kids walk with you down the street, where they are safely harnessed and cannot run into traffic unexpectedly; or ‘holding hands’ and hoping for the best?

    Don’t be so judgmental. I don’t like seeing little mr. nopants LEANING out of a cart where no amount of yanking on that harness will prevent him from being injured if he falls, but the harness isn’t the problem

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