What do you think about putting children on a leash?

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by Art 1, Mar 21, 2010.

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  1. Feralpeg

    Feralpeg Living and Loving Windermere!

    Dec 29, 2000
    There are a lot of dangers in WDW that come to mind before abduction. What about a child watching a parade who suddenly darts out in front of a float? Could you get to the child fast enough? Maybe. What about waiting at bus stops? So many times, I've had to hold my breath watching little children playing at WDW bus stops. There is no way those buses could stop should the child dart out suddenly.

    My point being that kids are fast. It only takes a fraction of a second for a child to put themselves in danger. Very often, it isn't something we'd even think about as dangerous. A child and ride track could be lethal under the right circumstances.

    I know that many will say that their kids know better or that they are the type that never stray. It only takes once. As noted earlier in this thread, I'm sure the family from England never dreamed their 4 year old niece would run from their side and be killed by a car during their vacation. Accidents happen. We all do what we think best to keep our families safe. If a leash is not for your family, that's fine, but please don't judge those that feel it is right for their kids.
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  3. Wombat

    Wombat Earning My Ears

    Feb 27, 2010
    My dd has a doggie pack with a leash, and at DCA last year she and a couple other children were walked around the park by Goofy. It was quite amusing. We generally only hook the leash on in congested areas or to keep her from head butting a character in the crotch.
  4. sters

    sters <font color=red>Enjoys visiting resorts at WDW<br>

    May 24, 2003
    Never believed in leashes until my 3rd,who would take off at the slightest provocation and thought it was great fun to "hide" from me. Standing at the cash register, fishing through my pocketbook for money, and my fast food tray nearby was a favorite time for my daughter to dash away. So decided to try a leash and first day out, my daughter broke it, pulling like a dalmatian. Oh well.
  5. princessallegra

    princessallegra They call me Mrs. Disney

    Sep 7, 2007
    Hahaha that's what my DH just said. About the tether that is. :rotfl:;);)
  6. NikitaZee

    NikitaZee DIS Veteran

    Jun 9, 2009
    This is exactly what we do with our kids. I was open-minded to trying the leash thing once for a Disney trip - but my husband feels so strongly about not using them that I didn't pursue it. So, we gave them a choice - hold hands or back in the stroller - and it usually ends up being the stroller after a couple of minutes of crying about it.
  7. aristocatz

    aristocatz DIS Veteran

    Feb 22, 2009
    My BIL & SIL use a backpack leash for their 2 year old and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's not wrapped around her neck or anything. It's a cute backpack that looks like a monkey with a strap attached.

    A child that young has zero safety skills & in addition to that, many things can happen in large crowds. I can't count how many times you read about a child related accident or kidnapping followed by those famous words "I only turned away for a second" :(

    I also think this is very appropriate for a child with special needs who might cognitively lack safety skills.

    I view people who use these things as very responsible parents.:thumbsup2

    I also think that allowing the "leash" versus the stroller is actually teaching your child safety skills, by allowing them to walk but still being able to prompt them when necessary.
  8. disneymagicgirl

    disneymagicgirl Been there, Done that, Going back!

    Dec 13, 2005
    i always thought the leashes were crazy...until....
    i had my youngest son in dec and have a very busy toddler. they are 22mths apart....safety is 1st priority for me....no matter how silly it looks.
    my son likes to wear it. It is a monkey and i hold onto it's tail. He wears it around without the tail sometimes just to play with it. doesn't bother him at all.
  9. Cdn Gal

    Cdn Gal DIS Veteran

    Feb 24, 2008
    I was on a leash as a kid!!! :lmao: Same as my DS. :rotfl2: We took off any chance we got. I don't have kids myself but I don't see anything really really bad about it! :confused3
  10. bam1515

    bam1515 Earning My Ears

    Dec 29, 2007
    I have now 5 yr old twins. When we first went to Disney (age 1 1/2) I used the backpack dog and monkey. Not b/c my kids were out of control, wanderers climbers, etc.. but for SAFETY reasons while walking ( I did have a stroller too but they can't stay it that all day). Disney was the only place I used it b/c of the size and # of people around. with the 2 of them it was easier to hold the backpacks. They loved it!

    Don't knock it 'til you try it! Everyone has their opinions and reasons!
  11. Suellen

    Suellen DIS Veteran

    Nov 25, 2007
    :confused3 You have a DS but no kids?
  12. kymom99

    kymom99 DIS Veteran

    May 24, 2008
    I never needed one for my son, but if I did, I wouldn't have hesitated to use one! After taking my grandson to a local amusement park and holding onto his hood the whole time, I mentioned to my husband that if his mother ever decided to try a leash, I wouldn't judge!;)
  13. luvthemouse71

    luvthemouse71 Cries like a baby at Illuminations..

    Apr 16, 2006
    I'm thinking it's "sister"..
  14. RDM83

    RDM83 Mouseketeer

    Jan 19, 2010
    I was confused too, but I think it means dear sister..:confused3
  15. ambertides

    ambertides DIS Veteran

    Nov 9, 2009
    Oh, me, too, me, too! Though, to be honest, I'm probably actually the problem - I think he's following me, but I've wandered off, and he's still wherever. ;) At least at Disney. In the grocery store, it's usually the other way. I'm on one aisle reading labels or flipping through coupons, and he's 5 aisles down drolling at the steak. :lmao:

    I was a very "oooh, shiny" child, and I'm a very "oooh, shiny" adult. If my mom hadn't been anti-leash, I probably would've gotten MANY fewer spankings.

    I think they're great, honestly. The kid gets a bit of freedom (and exercise!), but in a safe (as long as you're still keeping an eye on them, which I think most are) context. I don't have kids, but if I did and they were like me as a child (or me now, to be honest), I'd have zero problems using them.
  16. aceys_h0ney

    aceys_h0ney DIS Veteran

    Nov 26, 2008
    Hey even Disney tethers their characters to the floats in the parade for their safety. I'm just saying...
  17. RDM83

    RDM83 Mouseketeer

    Jan 19, 2010
  18. BelleChick

    BelleChick DIS Veteran

    Dec 25, 2004
    I was a very clingy child and never strayed far from my parents. My cousin was not. She was always put on one because she would wander off. However, I always wanted to be on one because I seemed to think they were super cool...like a friendship rope...lol..My mom didn't and wouldn't put me on one.

    I guess I think you should do what is best for you and your child. If you think it is necessary and your child doesn't mind it, then go for it. If you are at all uncomfortable with the idea, then don't.
  19. Mommy to Eli

    Mommy to Eli Earning My Ears

    Mar 24, 2010
    Hi everyone! This is my first post. I've had fun browsing the board for the past couple of days. I got lots of great info and know never to pool hop or reuse and old mug but I didn't see this topic. :)

    I am taking my son on his first Disney trip at the end of May and am very excited! He will be 18 months old. He doesn't mind strolling but I know he will want to walk some of the time. I am one of those people who (before I became a parent) used to say I would never put my child on a leash but now I am considering it. I think he might prefer it to being forced to hold my hand the whole time.

    So are kids on a leash a do or a don't? Has anyone used those little backpack ones? Thanks for any advice! :)
  20. huckster

    huckster DIS Veteran

    Nov 26, 1999
    hi welcome let me just say that this topic may get you some answers you dont want to hear many people post their opinions and they can be very STRONG
    as for me i would not use a lease .
  21. bellaprincess98

    bellaprincess98 Mouseketeer

    Apr 1, 2008
    There was a recent thread (Maybe like 3 days ago) that mentioned this topic. You may find in the next page or so. Basically, most people were for it especially for the little kids who tend to run off easily. Better to be on a leash than to loose your child.

    I used to be like you. I never used one for my oldest son, and I always said that I never would, however, when my second son was born I was totally for it. He is a runner!:scared1:

    So if you decide to use one, I think the backpack ones are the way to go. It will leave his hands free.
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