Pros of leash for kids
There are parenting products that have made their entry into the market. Some of these have found takers and others naysayers. The kid leash is one of them. At first thought the image that crosses the mind is that of a dog that we want under control. It is not always the control we seek; sometimes it is for their protection and safety. It is this part that some parents need to wrap their head around.
Imagine yourself in a crowded area where you are busy attending to something. The child is with you and it is your responsibility to see that he is safe and doesn’t venture far. While you may just be in a shopping mall or store and the child walks away to “discover” or “explore” you can still get hold of him if he is within eyesight. But what if the area is large and he can’t see you and you can’t either? You are browsing through the latest bag collection and your kid wants to explore the store and within a minute, he is off limits. The alarm goes off.
You become a wreck within minutes.
But let’s imagine the same situation with the reins for toddlers or child on a leash. While it may not be pleasant for the child to be leashed, but the child and the parent both would be able to avoid the above situation. Would you not prefer that?
Would it not be nice to have your child tied to you rather than running around with watery eyes? All it takes is a second for your life to change. Can we take that risk?
We are not just avoiding a bad situation. We are also protecting the child from harm. Parents venture into all kinds of areas that may not be safe for the small child, so keeping them in leash so they remain range bound could be in the interest of the child too. The kid still has the ability to explore his little world but within certain limit. The leash gives the mother peace of mind.
People have different mindsets and it could be humiliating for some to do that to their kids. But would you not be safe rather than sorry?
If you are still wondering whether to leash your kid, think of all the bad situations you can save them from. Just ignore any comments or glares. We aren’t going to do this forever. It is only for some time until the child begins to learn the safety rules. The child may be too small to understand boundaries at this age but as you teach them where not venture and why, they will begin to listen to you more often. As a parent start setting boundaries.
Let the child know that they can only venture so far without consequences. The parent shouldn’t tug at the tether or drag the child.
As always there are two viewpoints. But if you remember that the intention is to keep the child safe, you may feel encouraged to adopt the leash.