Sunday, May 27, 2007

Something I Said I Would Never Do

We’re currently planning summer activities, and we’re going to be going to a lot of places like the zoo, and we’re taking the kids down to Silver Dollar City. Georgia, being the independent old age of two (almost), is no longer happy in a stroller.

Eric and I were sitting down last night trying to figure out how exactly we were going to handle this situation. I looked at him and I said, “Honey, we’re going to have to do it.”

“We’re going to have to put our daughter on a leash.”

There’s really just no other option I can think of. I love my spirited little gal, but I can’t keep her from running off at a restaurant for crissake. What the hell am I going to do at a theme park?

Before I had kids, I would see children on leashes, and think that was the most horrible thing ever. How could people ever ever do that to their children? How demeaning! Yeah, well, little did I know! Some kids need to be on leashes. Including mine.

And if I get any looks from those all-knowing people on their high horses with or without kids, they can go f*ck themselves.


Momish said...

You know, there is a lot to be said for "safety first". The person who designed those "leashes" certainly did not have humiliation in mind, but child safety - from themselves and others. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. I am sure there will be a lot of frazzled parents glancing at you with respect adn in envy too.

ian said...

I was a leashed baby. I seem to have turned out okay. *sprints away*


Desert Songbird said...

I leashed my son. He always wanted to walk; he only used the stroller when he was very tired or when we were in the parking lot. I would take the leash and secure the other end to the stroller. Then, when he was tired, he'd crawl back in the stroller.

I didn't give a damn if anyone thought I was being cruel. I was being safe, and that's all that mattered to me.

A.J.Reams said...

We used the leash that Velcros around the wrist. It worked great for walking around the mall and the zoo.

You gotta do whatcha gotta do man!

Travis said...

You do whatever you do for your own peace of mind and in the child's best interest.

Just keep in mind that kids have opposable thumbs, and her first order of business will be to figure out how to get the thing off. LOL!

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Sunrunner said...

WOW!! As soon as I saw the roller coaster on their website, I wanted to go with you!!!! I can understand your thoughts on the leash. I haven't used one yet, but I've honestly been debating with my third. My other two never had a problem walking with me like he does! Have you seem Pirates yet???

Twyla said...

There were and still are a lot of days that I wish I had a leash for my youngest. Don't feel bad about it.

Misty said...

that is so funny. It is something I said i would never do as well, but we had to the first time we took our little girl to Manhattan. we also took a stroller and eventually she opted for the stroller, but it was comical to see the people pass us by. There were the parents who understood... the people who obviously disapproved.

At least you aren't vying for the leash AND muzzle :)

Morgen said...

I never thought a parent with a child in a harness/leash was a bad parent - on the contrary! As a non-kid-having person at the zoo or theme park, I applaud parents who can keep their kids near them and in contact!

But I think you need the industrial - airplane cable leash (with the super zip retract-0-spool) for that little rascal of yours!
You know - maybe with a remote control, like the girls on 9 to 5 did with Dabney Coleman...

The Rock Chick said...

I used to think the same thing until my #2 got away from me once in a parking lot.

I had 4 children within 4 years. #2 was a runner and well, when #3 and #4 couldn't walk yet and I had to carry them in my only two arms, #2 got leashed to get through parking lots, malls, stores, theme parks, whatever. #1 always held on to the stroller or my hand or whatever. #2? Nope! She took off at every opportunity and just LOVED to talk to strangers, to boot!

#2 now is a perfectly adjusted almost 15 year old (that's kind of an oxymoron, I know). She swears she has no emotional scars from being leashed and really, only one or two people actually said something about the leash. I gave them a similar reply to the one you intend on using :)

Have fun!!!

Jessica The Rock Chick (the original one! :)

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