I never realized that people give you dirty looks for this. (I guess I must have ignored them back in the day) But now I think I might just go out of my way to give a to those parents considerate enough to use these. Because that is what you are doing. - being considerate of your child's feelings while insuring their safety. For that matter, it is considerate to everyone around you as well; you know where your child is and what he/she is doing. IE: not running into folks or getting dangerously underfoot. When DD was too big for the leash, we got the bracelets for her and me that have the little squiggly bungee thing in between. That way I always knew when she got sidetracked so as not to keep walking while she stopped to check things out. She loved the freedom, I loved the piece of mind. Have a great trip!!!