I judged parents who put their toddlers on a leash — now I'm one of them

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Confession: Earlier than I had kids, I would silently decide parents who walked round with their kids in toddler harnesses. Clueless, youthful me would suppose, “Critically? They’ve obtained that child on a leash. Do they suppose he’s a canine, or one thing? How lazy.”

Even after having two kids, I nonetheless scoffed on the concept of a toddler harness. For some purpose, these two have been (often) okay with holding mommy’s or daddy’s hand whereas strolling from the parking zone into a retailer. Or on the zoo. Or wherever, actually. So I truthfully didn’t see the necessity to bodily tether them to me.

Properly, add that to the record of issues I stated I’d by no means do when I turned a mum or dad, however completely do anyway. (Like counting to 3 to get a cussed child to do what they’re being requested. Or utilizing the TV as a babysitter.) As a result of guess what I simply purchased by way of Amazon Prime? You guessed it. A toddler leash.

How did I get right here — with my foot caught in my mouth — you ask? Two phrases: Wild little one. My third child, an 18-month-old daughter, boasts a stage of stubbornness I had no concept existed. My strong-willed toddler is on the level the place she insists I set her all the way down to stroll after we’re in public  — but she refuses to carry my hand. Nope. As a substitute, if I try to carry onto her hand or arm, she’ll flail herself on the ground and begin wailing. So I choose her up. Then she promptly limp-noodles her manner out of my arms, and I’m compelled to heave her over my shoulder whereas she’s kicking and screaming.

Yeah, not enjoyable. However you realize what? Neither is a misplaced toddler. Or one who runs out into the road.

Enter: The toddler harness. It permits her to discover her environment and check boundaries whereas nonetheless offering a sure stage of security. So in the title of my toddler’s security and my very own sanity, I’m leashing that lady.

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My level is that this: I get it, leash-wielding parents. I completely get it now. And I’m so sorry I ever judged you.

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