Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Discilpine of the child is not at the heart of the issue. A toddler, even the best behaved one, has a limit to their attention span. They see a big shiny truck in the parking lot and don't think about it. They just go. They are babies. They make mistakes. My 18 month old knows that when he is not in the sling he holds the cart, but if he sees a balloon, for instance, he could loose focus and may well bolt. And I mean bolt. The little buggers are QUICK. You can't expect a toddler to keep their focus for the entire length of a shopping trip. My son has not worn one yet (a harness), and I admit I have never been much of a fan. However, I'm expecting my second baby in July/Aug and it has me thinking hard about getting one. The thought of juggling a newborn and managing a tot in the grocery store parking lot is frightening. It's just a matter of keeping our precious little ones safe...
I wanted to add to the OP, that although you had experience with your nephew who never needed a leash, it doesn't mean that every kid that has one on is poorly parented and undisciplined. Some parents are trying to be proactive with the safety of their kids. And yes, when you have kids one day, despite your best efforts they will have tantrums in the cereal isle, bolt for the balloon and display untold naughty behaviour that you swore you would never tollerate in your own offspring. You will just have a different perception of it all. I guess all I am saying is try not to judge to harshly.
I have a confession, though...yeaterday I put my kid in the sick pen when the vet showed up unexpectedly to palpate a mare! I put him in there with a couple barn cats, a couple little feed buckets and a feed scoop...kid had a blast.
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork