ANSWERS: 61
  • they need to get a dog and learn parenting skills. the parenting skills are for the children. lol
  • I am a parent and I would rather spend my time running after my toddler (who is NON-STOP) and take an extra hour to do anything than I would Put a leash on my child. I would never demean her or myself that much.
  • Anything that keeps a child safe it ok with me.
  • Anything that keeps a child safe it ok with me.
  • On one hand it is a sign of laziness, on the other..it prevents your child from being snatched up. Not sure on this one..
  • They rock. Only used one once, but in public crowded places like Disneyland where you can't carry a child the whole day, they come in handy. Edit: For anyone who has not seen them, they look like this. At least this is the one we own, it fits on their back like a harness. There are others that look like fanny packs that go around their waist.
  • You know, I used to be 100% against them, but then I babysat some friend's kids and I thought, "Man, this child needs a leash!" When you have like 3 or 4 kids and one likes to run off, becaue they don't understand what it means to get hit by a car, or fall down or any of that stuff- a leash can be a good thing. As long as it isn't the only means for parenting this child. You still have to pay attention and not use it to abuse the children.
  • Having lost my son in a mall once when Grandma, Grandpa, aunt, uncle, my husband, and I were ALL there, I say it's a great thing. He disappeared in a matter of seconds. We were carrying him around and sat him down long enough to try a headband on my daughter who was 8 months at the time. We turned around and he was GONE. We spent the next several minutes franticly looking for him. When we did finally find him we all basically broke down and cried for a few more minutes. Had I had one of those leashes, it would never have happened. Besides, they get fidgety being held too long and want to stretch their legs. Also, I really don't see much difference between the leash and strapping them down in a stroller. Strollers are also a form of confinement. Maybe even more so than the leash.
  • The parents failed them long before they started the use of a leash.
  • No, but a few muzzles wouldn't be a bad idea for some.
  • If the parents are caring what the big problem with them? Its not asif their dragging their children around with them. They are a safety method, to stop the child wondering off, getting run over, and being snatched. There was a thing a little while ago about a child wandering into a lift with one on, and died. However if the parents still watch their children and use it how its supposed to be used then fantastic.
  • In some cases, they're okay, but it others, it is entirely up to the parent to watch their child, not walk them like a dog! It does make me think a little less of the parent because I feel that they didn't raise their child well enough that they can trust them to walk without being put on a leash! Personally, I would never do such a thing!
  • I am one of those children that needed a leash. I was all over the place and it was very difficult for my mom to do things, like reach for groceries when I wouldn't stay very well. I was just at that newly walking stage but not very much into the understanding what you want stage. And it kept me from wandering too far. I think it's fine if you feel you need it. Nobody ever lost me after that and I'm grateful.
  • I have always thought they were so funny! But, for practical purposes...its better than losing track of your child!
  • In some ways it bothers me, but, it would bother me MUCH more to read about or hear on television about an abducted child's body being found after the fact. Whatever it takes to keep a child safe is O.K. with me !!
  • I have 4 kids and they vary in age. The oldest has the longest leash, I call him the pack leader. I use roller blades and have them pull me. Its great exercise for them. My oldest is a great running back on the Varsity team! They owe it ALL to deal ol DAD!!!
  • I think it's great entertainment watching parents treat their kids as animals. No really, I think it's crazy putting a leash on a child. Ever hear of holding hands and keeping your eyes open. And no comments about "You don't know" because with 3 boys, and now 2 young grandkids I do know. Now does'nt this look ridiculous.
  • Anything that keeps a child close to you and safe is Ok in my book. This dog thing is unkind and silly, a dog can smell its way home, a toddler cannot. It is not always easy for a Mother, to carry shopping and keep hold of her childs hand. Safety is paramount. If you had ever lost a child you would know that close contact at all times outside of your own enviroment is the most important thing in the world. Not other peoples opinions of how you go about keeping your baby safe.
  • As a toddler I was restrained by child leashes. The reason for this was that while out with my mum, I was almost hit by a car twice and once ran out of my front door naked to get to the playpark across the road. I think that parents who use them are pretty concerned about their child's safety, which in my opinion, is a pretty good thing
  • I haven't used one for my kids, but I can't bemoan those who use them. Especially in this day and age where trolls aren't restricted soley to AB.
  • When my son went thru the "refusing to hold my hand stage" he would tolerate the wrist band. This made him feel independent while I followed behind in the mall or outdoor festival. (My in-laws thought it was terrible until they saw how much easier it made these outings!)
  • I was raised on one. It gave me a feeling of freedom and my mother had the control. Although I don't currently have children, if and when I do, I will be using a child leash.
  • Hahahahahah I think it's hilarious. But, I'm glad I never had to go through it.
  • I think its ok on the sidewalk of a street to keep the kid from running off into the street. But, its deadly if they go into a building with an elevator and use the elevator or escalator without taking the leash off.It depends on where you use the leash at.
  • those are REAL!? Oohhh man. That's brutal. I feel bad for those parents. I guess it seems like a good idea in theory, but can you imgaine how pissed those kids are?
  • I just think they are just lazy parents. They use the leashes because their kids are hyper or don't listen to them. But that only happens if parents are lazy discipliners and dont' parent a kid well.
  • I used one on my kids. They don't seem to have suffered. I knew where they were and they were not in danger of running across the road or being picked up by a stranger, yet they had some freedom. They didn't mind in the slightest. It is like wearing a seatbelt. You get them used to it and they are happy.
  • Its got to be better than the guy I saw that had a dog collar around his kids waste and then connected the leash to that. But as long as they aren't yanking them around with it I don't see a problem. In these times you can't be too careful in a crowded place with your kids. It only takes one sultry look at a funnel cake to loose them in a crowd.
  • While I find the leashes demeaning, it keeps their greasy kids with their dirty, pudgy hands away from the king and his stuff
  • As a parent of a 3 yr old I don't have any problems with people who use leashes to help manage their kids. Some kids are well behaved and some aren't!! and the ones who aren't can be seen with leashes on!!!
  • Well, it all really depends. But, I can't really easily say rightly and justly, because I don't have kids. But I know my parents had never (Or ever considered) using one on me. I think it would have been very degrading after I got a dog and seen it had to be on a leash outside. Imagine how that would feel. Also, I don't think I'll use a leash on a kid if I ever DO have one. I just really can't stomach the sight of a kid on a leash because the parent really can't keep track of them otherwise. I really think that's irresponsible, having too many kids to deal with without putting them on leashes.
  • That they ae treating their child as a pet instead of as a young person.
  • I used to think that was a horrible thing to do to a kid and always looked with disgust at the kids on them. But, after experiencing the wild and crazy behaviour of a family member, I have changed my mind about child leash. I think it's very necessary for some kids. You would never believe how uncontrollable some kids can be.
  • I think they are tacky, however, if someone were planning to kidnap a child, who do you think they would avoid.
  • that is the most retarded thing i have ever seen. if you can't take your child out and have them know that they should stay with you and not run off then you are a horrible parent.
  • Those are strings and those are baby puppets.
  • Great idea, look how many kids go missing! I have a 4 year old and a 3 year old, the older one is fine and will stay by your side when out shopping but the younger one is into everything and doesnt know and road sense. she will run onto the road despite me telling her every other minute to stay beside me. Imagine being in a large supermarket, you are trying to push the trolley and keep check on two toddlers, believe me its not easy. I tried sitting her in the trolley but she screams blue murder as she hates it so much. Any invention that will keep my kids safe and near me is a good idea in my book. Hell its not like you're tying them to a post in the back yard is it??
  • I wonder if they're into BDSM.
  • Better than shock collars!
  • Nutters , especially when they let their child lift his leg and piss up against a lampost.
  • they are human not pet. i think if you are paying the proper attention to your child you shouldnt need one. thats not to say i am opposed to them, if you have a child who is a "runner" and tries to take off from you adn you have other kids to watch then maybe if you are all alone and in a busy environament. however i do think they get misused heavily. i have seen parents using them when taking their child to the movies or into a resturaunt.... come on watch you child thats your job!
  • Judge the parent by the child that is tethered!
  • reminds me of that SNL skit with mike meyers and , i believe, nicole kidman when they get tied up to the jungle gym
  • I think in the proper places, they are fine -- someplace like an airport, an amusement park, a mall, etc where it would be easy for you and your child to become separated. Under normal circumstances, though, they should be necessary.
  • I think they are very intelegent! i would always get lost when i was little but i was one of those kids with ants in their pants so my parents had no choice but to put me on a lead!!
  • puppy envy
  • I've seen people use them before, and I personally felt that they were extremely weird at the time. I was younger then. I understand why they use them now, though. However, even though I understand why they do it, I do not agree with the practise at all.
  • I always thought those things were terrible till I had my son. From day one he was an escape artist. He would not stay in a pushchair from age 2, yes I tried those retraining straps he undid them threw himself over the side and ran!!!! He stopped taking day time naps form that age as well, he just didn't need them. He was just one of those kids who wanted to be everywhere and see everything all at once. The only way I could shop and have him safe was to use a leash. Then when I had done my shopping we would go to a playground and he could run free and play.
  • I think they're a good idea. it's good to be letting them walk around rather than having them in a pushchair and getting restless. and it saves being bent over holding their hand. plus it can't be too much fun lugging the pushchair round.
  • I bought one when my little girl was just starting to walk .by teh time she was 1 he was going everyehere. so i put it on her one day before we went into the store.I felt very stupid and very odd. It felt like i was walking our puppy . I instantly picked he up and was crying at this point and told her how sorry iwas and fro that few seconds on never wanted to use it again. she was on my hip or took a ride in the buggy
  • I say hip hip horray. Better than constantly screaming at them. I don't care how good of a parent you are. When you are shopping there is not way that you have your attention on them every minute. So unless they are STRAPPED into either a stroller or cart in my opinion they are not safe. I was once in a 7-11 when a toddler decided to go outside. I went out a brought them back in. Mom and Dad didn't even realize she had left their side.
  • I think those people are a little idiotic, and think that having a child would be like having a dog...
  • How primitive. Shock collars are much more effective, and look more stylish.
  • I think it depends on how they're used. As long as you aren't treating the child like a dog on a walk, I think they're a wonderful way to keep your kids safe. My mother used one on me, because apparently I used to be quite the escape artist. I believe that any time you are with your child, you should be holding their hand, but I see no harm in having that as a backup - any of us who have spent enough time with young children know that they are much faster then they look and very good at slipping out of our hands. :p So at the risk of looking a little odd, I'd use a child leash to avoid seeing my baby niece slip out of my hand and run straight into the middle of traffic.
  • Frankly I think they look ridiculous. I never liked them even when I was a little kid and saw other mothers using them. However, I guess whether to use them or not depends on the kid and situation I suppose. My parents never did. They seemed to be able to keep an eye on me and my sister even when it was just one of them. And we didn't have a stroller. There is a degrading quality about them tho I must admit.
  • I think they are terrific. I don't equate it with pets at all. They just make sense. My mom used one on me in the 50s. It gave her more freedom from worry as I was quite the wiggly kid.
  • Better that than have to deal with the misplacement of a child.
  • i think its a great idea we go out alot if its disneyland or universal there are so many people around i think its very safe to use them
  • there very handy we use them
  • My wife is in a wheelchair, and I am vissually impaired, so the kid leash has been a life saver for us. Like most things, it is not for everybody as it is not for every situation. We keep ours in the car most of teh time so that it is there if we needit. our daughter is 2, and she is very fast and able to get into the strangest places very quickly.
  • i think they sometimes need to do that if their kid runs off, the kid could run in the street and get hit by a car, theres good reasons for using them

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