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    03-22-2010, 03:02 PM
  #1
Weanling
DEBATE: Children On Leashes

My boyfriend and I had an incident the other day with a woman and her son (approx 3 yrs/old) who she had on a leash. But she had him on more then just a leash, she had him tied to a table. Long story short, neither I nor my boyfriend think putting your child on a leash is right, and them up takes the whole leash idea to a whole 'nother level.

My personal opinion is, if you can't discipline your child to behave (without a leash) then you shouldn't have children. They aren't a pet to put on a leash and/or tie up.

But that's MY opinion.

Whats yours?

Open for DEBATE only :)

P.S. The ONLY thing I would consider a good reason to have a leash on your child for is if your a grandparent who is too old to keep up with a youngster but you want to take your grandchildren out to the mall or something.
     
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    03-22-2010, 03:09 PM
  #2
Weanling
I wish I had a leash. For me its my daughter wants to move. I don't let her get away from stuff but she is Very strong willed. Id rather have her on a leash so I can look at what im looking at at the store and not have to worry about a runaway or someone sneaking and taking my blue eyed babe.
     
    03-22-2010, 03:14 PM
  #3
Showing
Meh, keep the little nippers leashed!

Seriously, the 'kid leash' was all the rage for awhile. Parents could keep track of multiple little ones, and it was harder for a predator to snatch one when they were attached to a parent.

It also makes it easier for the parents because children are small, agile and FAST, and can get away from parental clutches easily. I'm sure more than one parent has had a heart-stopping moment when their offspring disappears into a crowd of people.

I like 'em. I liked 'em when they were in fashion, and I'd like to see them come back into fashion.

Kids have minds of their own, and don't always obey their parents. That's nothing new, and has been going on since the dawn of time. Especially the smaller ones, because their cognitive functions are pretty low, and their whole world pretty much revolves around themselves.

It has little to nothing to do with 'control' if a child darts away from a parent. Kids don't think that someone might snatch them; all they're thinking about is what FUN it is to run away from Mommy!
     
    03-22-2010, 03:15 PM
  #4
Trained
I have three boys and the first two I could keep track of and control pretty easily but the last one is fast as lightning and quiet as a mouse. After losing track of him several times my wife bought a harness and leash for him. We don't have to put it on him now because he understands about staying close and holding hands in teh parking lot but it kept him safe until he could understand and obey.

Think about this post when you have kids and you won't feel like that woman is all that bad. It doesn't take old age to slow you down. If you have an armful of groceries or if your attention is drawn away for a second by another kid you can lose track of a child and an accident can happen. And 3 yo are FAST.
     
    03-22-2010, 03:24 PM
  #5
Super Moderator
My mom had leashes for my brothers. (Identicle twins). There were four of us all together. I remember the twins were about three when she got the leashes, she'd put them on them in the commisary and the PX. My brother was 9, I was 6, and the twins were 3. That's a lot of kids for one person to look after while she's trying to buy groceries.

I had a leash for my son when he was about 3ish. I remember the first time I was going to use it, we were going to the mall and he said, I'm a dog? I took it right off and never used it. BUT, just one kid is even hard to watch. I remember we were at walmart once and it was me, my husband and my son, he was about 2 at the time. We were all together, he darted behind a shoe rack and we went straight for him and he was GONE. That quick. He had doubled back or gone under a clothes rack or something. We had to get them to call a Code Adam and had the entire store searching. Found him in the purse section shopping for a bag.

I am not against leashes, or strollers or emergency beepers (I have one, it go's on his shoe and if I can't find him, I push a button and an alarm sounds). Before you have children you see things and you think:

"that kid is WAY to big for a stroller" or "I would never carry my kid when he's that old" or "My kid will never behave that way". And then you have a kid and things change. Your thoughts, your opinions... and amazingly you grow a huge patients. You don't see yourself standing in line and thinking "somebody smack that kid!", now you see yourself laughing at some other womens childs antics. And when you see a really filthy kid in a shopping cart with holes in his knees, you don't think things like "Give the kid a bath and buy him some clothes". You think more like, "Man that kid has had a good day!" and maybe something, "He's going to leave a ring in the tub"...
     
    03-22-2010, 03:28 PM
  #6
Banned
I love them. Why? Because I do not want to have to deal with other people's kids when I am out and about.

Small children can move quickly and do not think first. I do not care how much teaching a parent does, a small child is still quick and small. Think about it, they can dart under the clothes racks that us big people have to go around.

My friend had no problems with her daughter but when her son starting being mobile on his own she had to invest in a leash. It was cute, it looked like a back pack with a long tail.
     
    03-22-2010, 03:32 PM
  #7
Showing
I think anyone who is against a leash has never had kids to watch.
My only problem with them is they give a false sense of security to a parent. A predator can remove the leash in a crowd if your not paying attention.
And no I don't have kids but I spent lots of time with my niece when she was a tot. I used a leash whenever we were in a situation where I couldn't carry her.
With the world as scary as it is, a leash on a child is secondary to hearing an Amber/Adam alert.
     
    03-22-2010, 03:39 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
Before you have children you see things and you think:"that kid is WAY to big for a stroller" or "I would never carry my kid when he's that old" or "My kid will never behave that way". And then you have a kid and things change. Your thoughts, your opinions... and amazingly you grow a huge patients. You don't see yourself standing in line and thinking "somebody smack that kid!", now you see yourself laughing at some other womens childs antics. And when you see a really filthy kid in a shopping cart with holes in his knees, you don't think things like "Give the kid a bath and buy him some clothes". You think more like, "Man that kid has had a good day!" and maybe something, "He's going to leave a ring in the tub"...
Exactly!

All the things I swore that when I had kids, MY kids would never do..... been there, watched them do them all! Included a rather memorable kicking, screaming, flailing tantrum in the middle of Target that resulted in a dislocated elbow and 6 hours spent sitting in the ER.
     
    03-22-2010, 03:42 PM
  #9
Super Moderator
I am all for leashes!!

It is just too easy to lose track of kids in crowds, leaving them vulnerable to predators.

Are you against lead lines for your horses? They can be easily distracted and wander off too.
     
    03-22-2010, 03:43 PM
  #10
Yearling
I had a leash when I was younger and to be honest, I would use on my child. It only takes a second for them to disappear, especially in theme parks or high foot traffic areas. I would prefer to have people glare at me and know my child is safe, than to take the chance of my child going missing.

There was an incident not too long ago at our Publix where someones kid liked to hide and went missing. We spent an hour looking for him, had the cops all over the place hunting and you know where he was? Hiding behind the toilet paper on the shelf.
Someone could have just as easily snatched him up and no one would have known.
     

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