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Art 1 03-21-2010 09:08 AM

What do you think about putting children on a leash?
I saw 4 children on leashes last week at the Magic Kingdom. It's not something that we ever felt the need to do. I'm sure the parents who do this have their own reasons.

mariepapa 03-21-2010 09:10 AM

I am not sure if you know this, but people have very strong feelings for and against this on this board. Just want to warn you!

RMulieri 03-21-2010 09:13 AM

Look out...very intense topic here and a HOT button issue...I really don't have an opinion on it.I never had to do it.

lovedisneyforever 03-21-2010 09:14 AM

I just think putting kids on leashes is some what silly. If your child is calm, i wouldn't put them on a leash. I think if your child has run away before, then you may feel safer with them on a leash. I don't and never will put my kids on leashes but if it works for you.....

Mickeyfollowers 03-21-2010 09:16 AM

I have a Monkey back pack that has a leash on it that I put on my 2 yr old when I go to Disney or even when I go to the the store. I use it for a safety reason. He likes to walk which is good exercise for him instead of sitting in a stroller all day. He likes to run off and this way he can't just dart away from me when I look away for a second. Another reason I like to use it is because if I hold his hand I am having to hold it at the wrist because he like to try to pull away from me and I am always afraid that I will twist his wrist or hold to tight and break something in his hand. So that is why I use it and I am not ashamed to use it.:thumbsup2

momto3plus1angel 03-21-2010 09:17 AM

I had a runner and a climber. He would bolt the second you loosened your hold on his hand, and I never did find a stroller he coulnd't get out of given 5 secs! So for us it was either a leash or have him constantly running away.

I think anything that keeps a child safe is a good thing. I have 3 kids, 1 whom I used a leash on and 2 who I didn't as they didn't need it.

Gwendolyn 03-21-2010 09:18 AM

Ohh i am totally pro leashes. Expecially for the youngones. We used one for our 2 year old almost 5 years ago in WDW. And we used a leash all the time till he was 6 in DLRP too.

Expecially when its busy, its so easy to loose a child. And instead of having the scare of missing your child, you can have a relaxed day knowing that your kid is still around after buying him or her an icecream. They can run off in the blink of an eye.

wishspirit 03-21-2010 09:18 AM

I work with children with special needs, and a few of them have a band that goes round their wrist with a long handle for the parent/carer. If they didn't have one, the child would need one person ether side holding their hands to keep them out of trouble.

I say don't judge, if you don't want your kids on a 'leash' (I don't like that word really), and you don't think your child needs it, then don't! Some parents aren't so lucky to know their children will not run off.

pickles 03-21-2010 09:22 AM

I wish more people would put leashes on their kids as well as some muzzles!! ;)

3happydancers 03-21-2010 09:23 AM

This is a choice that needs to be decided by the parent. There may be very good reasons why some parents may need to leash their child to keep them safe.

Mickeyfollowers 03-21-2010 09:24 AM


Originally Posted by pickles (Post 35915612)
I wish more people would put leashes on their kids as well as some muzzles!! ;)

I second the muzzles, I sometimes want to put one on my kid

letsgoagainsoon 03-21-2010 09:24 AM

I used one for DS when he was 2. I didn't use it the whole trip, just when he wanted to RUN. It is kind of a pain to use when there is a crowd of people, and for me, not really necessary when there wasn't a crowd, because I could keep up with him. I don't disagree with people who do use them, but I haven't used them one for my youngest two.

stitchfan18 03-21-2010 09:24 AM

I don't see anything wrong with it, but I also think it depends on the age of the child. My brother and SIL were there last week with my nephews, the oldest is 18 months and will be in the stroller for part of the day, but loves to get out and walk too. He has one of the mickey backpack style harnesses that he uses at disney and other places like the zoo. I can imagine it would have been hard to keep two little boys together without it, especially since he doesn't like to hold hands unless you are wanting to go in the same direction he's going. If it was an older child, like grade school maybe, I would think that was kind of odd, but to each their own.

larryz 03-21-2010 09:30 AM

I prefer to call it a "tether," not a leash...

And to answer your question, why does NASA put Astronauts on a tether? ;)


YellowXterra 03-21-2010 09:37 AM

I think its a great tool to keep your child safe. There is lots of eye candy in the parks and even the adults get cought up in it, and if you have kids you know thats all it takes is 1 sec and the kid can wonder off. Chit happens and I had rather be safe than sorry. I think the leashes / tethers are great and they don't bother me to see someone using them. I had rather see that as opposed to seeing a parent in a panic looking for a little one.

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