Were you ever a leash kid?

Were you ever a leash kid?

It is crazy to think, at one point, a bunch of adults attached leashes to their children in order to keep them near, and what's worse, they disguised them as cute bears or butterflies backpacks, but be not mistaken, they were leashes for kids.

Were you ever a leash kid?

If you were on a leash, do you look back at it like, mom/dad were probably right, I did need a leash, or you're like, wtf?

Were you ever a leash kid?
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  • I think it would depend on the age of my child, but regardless, no I would not like that. I was never on a leash (thank god) and if I was a child with one, I don't think I would like it. They aren't dogs or pets that you cannot really reason with. Also maybe it really depends on their intelligence? When I was a child, I was NOT running around and picking up, smelling, tasting everything, and anything I saw. I was more cautious! I wasn't THAT stupid to were I just ran mindlessly at anything that caught my interest! Maybe if the child was one or two maybe, but then I had a nanny that held my hand a lot when I was young. She just always held my hand. For one thing, children of one or two, they can't always walk fast and they are still stubbly. Just yesterday, I saw this lady who was pregnant (probably Mexican or Latin, who knows). Anyway, she was pregnant and she was also holding the hand of her two year old. It was adorable. They were walking side by side and the toddler was walking along side her. He wasn't being rowdy or out of control and he stuck by his mommy's side throughout their walk into Walmart. Very adorable!

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  • Kids run off.. I don't get why you care if a kid was on a leash, talking like its a bad thing. Children under 5 run towards roads, thousands of things that are dangerous and just leave your side. I much rather have my kid on a leash than my kid under a car dead or kidnapped by some pervert.
    My brother was on a leash because he would run off whenever he was bored, the amount of times my mother had to call the police to find him is ridiculous. So yes he NEEDED a leash.
    I guess you never felt the fear of your child running towards the road like in Pet sematary that feeling will make you want to leash your kid because you love them and don't want them to die. It isn't like parents are leashing their kids at 10 years old, settle down lol.

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  • When my son & daughter we’re very young - maybe about 3 - I had one of these on them when we walked in Downtown areas. The traffic could be daunting for an adult, let alone a toddler. Having seen children and adults hit by cars, bicycles, and such I wanted to have a last ditch ability to sense them if they sprinted into danger faster than I could react. We always held hands as they walked with me but there simply are times you need to hands. Anyplace where there wasn’t a traffic risk or extreme crowds, it was never used. It’s not about control - it’s about preventing a tragedy. Once they got to an age where they mentally understood the risks to them it went away.

  • I don’t think I ever wore one, no lol

    But honestly i don’t think leashes on kid is a bad idea. Sure it might look silly but have y'all ever dealt with a toddler or young child before? lol. they try to run away constantly. Theyre quick too. I’d rather keep a kid on a leash than risk them running out in the street.

    I was lucky that my daughter was a very good baby/toddler. But I have a nephew who is a handful and trust me, that kid needs a leash

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  • Per my mom, yes I was! She said I used to crawl under the clothes racks in stores and hide when I was little. So to keep up with me, she put me on a leash! LOL

    I'm not even mad about it; I turned out just fine. She didn't lose me, nothing bad happened to me, and it's not exactly a bad thing or abuse.

  • As a young teen I was pissed till my brother and sisters teased me about how hard it was to even find me most times. Taking like an extra hour or two cause I often ran off.

    Yeah I'm glad now she did and it saved my life twice. Cause as kids your not thinking of the car coming just your toy fell down I need to get it!

    Adding a retractable one to my wild children 😉

    Really is it so bad to keep track of your kid let them wander some?

  • Maybe there are kids who run off at the drop of a hat, so this might make the parent feel safe. Or the kid was injured because of their wilding off. I'm too old to be leashed and my son too young. But I never felt it was necessary with my particular child.

    Maybe some parents are less confident and their children wilder.

  • That might seem inhumane but the alternative of not doing this might be that they get run over by a car. I know two people who became disabled because their parents did not monitor them all the time as children and they got into biking accidents. One developed deformities and injuries and physical changes. The other developed mental issues but retained a very very very high i. q. and handsome face. He believes his accident changed his brain and made him mentally ill.

  • I was too old for that, but I remember being a teenager and seeing that. I’m not totally against it, honestly. Small children are wild animals, you can’t tell me otherwise, lmfao

  • This is one of those dumb things that people who don't have kids don't understand. While I love my kids and I think the world of them. Children are inherently stupid. I mean that with all due love for kids. But they are stupid by virtue of the fact that thier brains are still developing. They don't understand. That running away from mommy can lead to getting run over or snatched up by a crazed adult dressed like a unicorn 🤔. It's even easier for single parents to lose track of thier kids. And any one with a toddler can tell you how freakishly fast they can get away from you.

    My mom prescribed the whip my ass til I couldn't sit down methods of parenting 😒. I personally woulda took the puppy back pack with the leash. Ultimately though, the same effect was reached. In that I never ran away from my mom in public.

    • I got the whoop ass treatment too along with a whistle they'd blow when I sprinted off in random directions. I think I prefer the leash.

  • I've seen toddlers on expandable dog leads. Even saw one parent let his kid swim in a deep river attached to one.

  • Nope. I was "hold mom's hand" and a stroller little kid. My mom only did that to one of my sisters, her leash was a monkey, and it went on her wrist.

  • No I wasn’t, but one of my children was a runner and waved at everyone, the Leash was necessary ❤️

  • You assume that having a child on a leash is harmful AND it's even worse because they disguise the leash and harness. Why do you think having a child on a leash is harmful? And why is it worse if the leash and harness are disguised?

  • That's great if you gave birth to a DOG..
    A child is a child..

  • Me and my sister were not on leashes. My brother was he was a runner so mom did use a leash which he didn't mind until me and my sister would call him doggie. We were terrible teasing him like that. We were a lot younger back then. I do see the point of using them but at the same time it is kinda humiliating.

  • No, but my siblings were when the situation called for it. Nothing wrong with it.

  • Nah but I've used them for my kids

  • There are aome legit reasons for using this device

  • I wasn't, my goddaughter was however. She was a RUNNER. Nothing would stop that girl (yes she was given many talks to about the dangers of running off but it didn't help). It was a last resort, I see nothing wrong with keeping kids safe.

  • I've only met one person in my entire life that spoke of such a thing and it was a girl on this site that was in your age group... How's life?

  • could have used one for my niece... she was a runner, lol

    but I was always aware, and in sports I'm the sprinter, so...

    • I wanna race you lol

    • @7Phoenix7 lmao... pick a color

      Were you ever a leash kid?

    • Lmao yellow. But no I just want to see you running ahead, that's a good view

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  • What the………. leash? On a kid? That’s just horrible

  • Only in America, part 64359. No one does that here. It would be considered child abuse. That’s helicopter parenting at its worst.

    • Not really. Most people use them for new walkers/toddlers as allows them to walk while also keeping them safe. Especially if you have multiple kids. Nothing abusive or helicopter parenting. Just basic parenting in keeping your child safe.

    • Yeah, I don't think I ever heard of any other countries doing it. It used to be huge in the US, but its funny how you rarely see it nowadays. I think the idea of carting your child around on a lead, had really bad optics for parenting.

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