Could NOT Disagree More
I'm a little behind on this but apparently Babble and Parents magazine have articles about parents who use a leash for a child. Why is EVERYTHING a judgment?? Why do we have to hold parenting choices out there as if our opinions matter at all? One of the quotes is:
“Here’s what I think of people who leash their children: I’m not going to go so far as to call them bad parents, but I will call them lazy parents.” Erinbehan, Babble.com author
Really? That bad? Wow. How about the parent whose child has autism or an autism spectrum disorder that needs some freedom but will tender to wander off regularly? Or how about the toddlers that shriek in the presence of a stroller but are perfectly happy to have a cute backpack on? Toddlers have no idea that they should be ashamed. It's adults who place that shame and label on them.
Or how about me, a paranoid parent that has read one too many articles and seen one too many TV news reports of children going missing? I haven't used a leash on either of my children but we are thinking about going to a large amusement park this summer. There is an excellent chance I will be buying leashes just in case we need them and I won't feel even the slightest bit bad about it. The safety of my two kids is worth way more than a little bit of embarrassment in the scheme of things. And that most definitely is not lazy parenting.