17 hours ago
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Mommy rant: What is up with kids on leashes?
This is actress Milla Jovovich and her daughter/pet, Ever. I came upon the photo when I was flipping through the latest US Weekly. I believe the leash is officially called a "child harness."
Lately, I feel like I'm seeing more and more of them. This weekend, Sabrina and I were trolling the aisles of Costco when a kid on a long leash zoomed around me, and I got caught in it. "Mommy! Dogs have those!" Sabrina proclaimed. "Yes, doggies do have leashes!" I answered as this dad glowered at me then had to run (literally, his child was off again).
I realize some kids are hard to control. But I think it's wrong to restrain any child this way. Even if you use a cute leash, like the $10.99 Cow Buddy Harness from Target (pet child not included).
Where do you stand on the child leash controversy?
2014 UPDATE TO THIS POST
I wrote this post five years ago, months after I first started this blog. If I were to write this now, I'd have the awareness I lacked back then that there are children with poor impulse control who need leashes for their own safety, along with kids who have autism and ADHD. I deeply apologize for being so judgmental. It's impossible to know why a parent you see in public is using a leash, since many disabilities are invisible. I do hope parents who use them have a valid reason.
Jovovich photo by GSI Media