What do you think about putting children on a leash?

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  1. Shelton123

    Shelton123 <font color=purple>Ahh girly drama *runs away*<br>

    Jun 30, 2008
    If that's what you need to do to control your child, then I'd rather see a child on a leash than running all over the place, getting lost, etc.

    BUT I don't think it's necessary for every child. But WDW is so big, and there are so many people, so I don't judge when I see a kid on a leash there. However, if I see a kid on a leash somewhere else, like at a store, where things aren't breakable and it isn't crowded, I just don't see the point.
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  3. dsanner106

    dsanner106 DIS Veteran DVC Gold

    Apr 3, 2003
    No need for leashes, just get some of those shock collars that work on proximity. Actually, you could even take the batteries out and I bet they will stay close by:thumbsup2
  4. jusero

    jusero DIS Veteran

    Nov 29, 2007
    I have two grands: four and two. Now the four-year-old never needed to be tethered since he stayed close all the time and was more timid. The two-year-old however is absolutely fearless. If we didn't keep her on a tether in crowded situations, she would be lost all the time. She loves to just take off at any time in any direction. We don't tether her all the time, just in very crowded situations where it would be easy to lose sight of her. I think tethers are a great tool and necessary sometimes with some kids, but not all the time or with all kids.
  5. nortonthetraveler

    nortonthetraveler Earning My Ears

    Mar 21, 2010
    My opinion is that it depends on the age of the kids. Anything over 7 is way too old.
  6. CuteAndFluffy

    CuteAndFluffy DIS Veteran

    Jul 22, 2003
    I have an "ooh, shiny!" DS who will be 18 months old as of our trip. We're bringing a Pooh backpack with tether for all the general reasons mentioned---safety, he's a runner, etc.

    The other issue is the body mechanics of holding hands all day. For me, walking bent to the side about 10 degrees to hold the hand of someone under 3 feet tall gets tiring after about 30 minutes. My poor DH is in pain and doing yoga stretches to fix his back in about 10 minutes of toddler hand holding. Sure, we could manage, but why be in pain if there is a tool to prevent that?

    We'll use the stroller, go without the tether a lot of the time, hold the kid, but being able to set him down while I root around in the backpack for goldfish crackers will be infinitely easier and safer if I have that strip of fabric running from me to him.

    I'm not sure I understand the "why" part of the opposition to harnesses/leashes/tethers. What (aside from claims of inattentive parenting) is wrong with them? Is it just a visceral reaction to the idea of it?
  7. EnchantedTales

    EnchantedTales Mouseketeer

    Nov 9, 2007
    :lmao: This made me laugh, thanks.
  8. Pooh Bear Hugs

    Pooh Bear Hugs DIS Veteran

    Sep 11, 2006
    There are many different types of parent. If someone has taken the time to go out to buy a leash as they think it is the best way to keep their child safe, other people should be happy that those parents care enough to do it.
  9. tazdev3225

    tazdev3225 <font color=darkorchid>I sucked my thumb up with t

    Apr 2, 2008
    I haven't read all the replies but YES I use a leash, tether harness whatever you want to call it. I used one on my middle DD when she was little because I had 3 kids under 5 and she was a wanderer. I lost her everywhere I went if she wasn't connected to me.
    I now use one for her DS. He is almost 4 and a darter. He has gotten out of every stroller he has ever been in. He has run into the school his sister attends because I can't get the baby out of her stroller fast enough and he runs into every street he sees. He is also has a moderate hearing loss bghso he can't hear me yell at him to stop. I actually tether him to my belt loops when he plays T-ball, I am the coach, because he will run. If attaching him to me ion some way keeps him safe then I am going to do it. When we go to Disney next year there will be 6 kids and 8 adults and 2 "leashes".
  10. TiffinyKC

    TiffinyKC Mouseketeer<br><font color=deeppink>Likes Tag Fair

    Sep 3, 2006
    I know that this is a serious subject for many, but I just have to say that I haven't been able to stop laughing since reading this thread. Here's a couple of reasons why:

    Just the use of the word leash as it applies to children.

    Why put an astronaut on a leash?

    Parents on leashes as opposed to the child.

    All priceless.

    Personally, I would not and did not leash my DS when he was younger; like another poster said I find it a little odd. I guess I can see why some would though. Anyhow, I've had a good laugh...so thanks for that! :lmao:
  11. kymmyk13

    kymmyk13 DIS Veteran

    Feb 13, 2009
    DD5 is special needs and when we are at WDW in May she will alternate between her stroller and her monkey backpack, she is a runner and has impulse issues. if you see a child on a leash do not judge, you do not have all the facts.
  12. Eeyore'sthebest

    Eeyore'sthebest DIS Veteran<br><font color=darkorchid>Not So Tagle

    Mar 5, 2005
    We have a friend that used a tether on her son. He was a runner as well! Unless you held tightly to his hand at all times, he would run, run and run some more! I never judge anyone.
  13. ccgirl

    ccgirl DIS Veteran

    Jun 25, 2009
    Wow! I see Art1 is at it again. First, mothers should stay home with their children rather than send them to daycare and now this. It must be nice to live in your "perfect" world. Although I never judged anyone else for using them, I never understood the purpose of harnesses either until my DS2 bolted from me at the mall as I looked down to see a price tag. How long is that...maybe 2 seconds? We searched for him for 30 minutes. Worst 30 minutes of my life. I promptly went out and purchased the monkey backpack harness. Do all children need it, no, my DD never did. But, if it helps keep children safe, that's what we should all be concerned with, then it is a good thing. Not only that, but if you have multiple children it is IMPOSSIBLE to keep your eyes on ALL of them at once. It is not to just prevent my son from darting off but also from others darting off with him.
  14. troyer

    troyer Earning My Ears

    Mar 14, 2010
    I made fun of people with kids on leashes until my yougest DS came along he went from crawling to running and hiding. I no longer make fun of people like that cause I are one now. I also tell people I am on the leash not him.:)
  15. marciemouse

    marciemouse Raised on Disney

    Apr 9, 2008
    I was thinking along this same line, as our daughter is recently adopted. For any child who is dealing with attachment issues and adjusting to life in a new family, the scaring tactic would just be absolutely cruel. I know the person who posted it was joking around, but as a parent of an adopted child, it made me cringe a little.
  16. cmurray234

    cmurray234 DIS Veteran

    Jul 31, 2007
    I used one once at a children's museum when my DD was under 2 and my DS was a newborn. The 2 year old was a runner and she would run to places in the museum that the stroller couldn't go. My friend lent me a harness and I used it that day to slow her down.

    I never used it again, but I didn't need to. If I had, I would have had no problem strapping her into it again. No matter how "weird" it looks, it beats the heck out of losing your mind with worry. :confused3
  17. andee515

    andee515 Mouseketeer

    Mar 6, 2008
    we were at Disney mar 9-16 and definately had my 3 yr old on a leash. How is this really a "hot topic", we strap are kids into things everyday to keep them safe;car seats, strollers, shopping carts, high chairs. My son is autistic, does not follow commands and can't stand holding hands; I do what I need to to keep him and my other children safe. I actually got many positive comments on my sons monkey, of course who knows what others were saying. we had a great week at Disney, monkey and all!
  18. BBG-BLT

    BBG-BLT Bunch of Booth-Genthe's

    Jan 12, 2009
    I'm a pro leash ever since we had #4 and she became mobile (at 1 year). She's a runner and the 15 minutes we had it off of her last year (while we were talking outside of TSM) she escaped. We are VERY lucky that a friend who was with us saw her dart around the corner. All 4 of us had split up to find her. She thinks its funny and she's just too young to explain it to her that this is not funny and not a good thing.

    If it keeps the kid safe and the parents from being any more stressed than I'm good with it.

    Oh when I just had twins I thought people were silly to use them... oh how we learn...
  19. Zeebs

    Zeebs DIS Veteran

    Oct 8, 2007
    Clrearly adopted children are a special case and you take into consideration what type of children you have before saying things to them. When I told my 3 year old that if he ran off he would have to go home with a different family he just laughed and siad noooooo. Some children do have a sense of humour. We didn't carry on with joke but explained then what he needed to do if he/we got lost.

  20. megan926

    megan926 DIS Veteran

    Feb 11, 2004
    I *try* not to judge...but I would never in a million years do it to my own child.
  21. JDUCKY

    JDUCKY Local Yocal

    Dec 13, 2008
    Personally, I think it's completely ridiculous and actually find it abhorrent.
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