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2014-02-13 04:07:11 PM
5 votes:
Are there really still people who have a problem with child leashes?

Toddlers are the most distractable, self-destructive creatures on earth.  Expecting them to never run off after something shiny/fuzzy and relying solely on discipline to overcome their reflexes is just a ridiculous suicide mission, even for the best parents.

Hell, I want to high five the parents who have the sense to use a leash somewhere like the airport where it's bustling, confusing, loud and the parents are distracted and trying to deal with luggage as well.  They know where the kids are, and that they're safe, without expecting a tiny child to be responsible for itself in a time of extreme stimulation.

It's a hell of a lot better than the parents who strap their kids into a stroller at all times to keep them in line.  Give the kid the chance to run off a little energy.
2014-02-13 03:44:35 PM
5 votes:
Meh.  It doesn't harm the kid, it's practical, and if the tension disappears you know to look down and see what the rug rat is up to.  Heck half the time the kid seems to enjoy it.  Plus it keeps the little hell spawn from dashing into traffic on a walk.

/Doesn't have kids though.
//However wouldn't hesitate to leash any of my niblings.
///Posts outrage target on own forehead.  Let the hatred flow.
2014-02-13 03:55:42 PM
4 votes:
Your kid isn't an animal, don't treat it like one.

I used to look down on parents who used leashes until I had a VERY active child who, at some point, squirmed out of my grasp and ran headlong for a two story escalator and this gigantic mall.  I got the back of her jacket and yanked her back just before she tumbled down the thing.  At that point. leashes looked like a very practical accessory and while I never actually got one, I never sneered at people using them again.
2014-02-13 03:50:38 PM
4 votes:
When my daughter was little we had a leash.  It wasn't one of the harnesses, it just went around her wrist and one of ours.  We called it a "keeper" because it kept us together when we were in crowded places.  It also kept her from dodging away in the grocery store.  At that age, kids are faster than the Flash and it only takes five seconds or less and they're three aisles away in the store looking at something.
2014-02-13 03:46:04 PM
4 votes:

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Child leashes are for parents too stupid or unwilling to parent


Have twins and say that.  When our twins were about 2 1/2, there was a picture in the newspaper of my wife with the twins on leashes, one going north, at full speed, the other headed south.
2014-02-13 03:45:42 PM
4 votes:
Before I had a kid, I would look at parents with their kids on leashes and shake my head, wondering how hard I would be hit if I asked "does he know any tricks"

Now that my little guy is 28 months old, I do have an understanding why a parent would use a child leash. I would never, ever do it, but I do understand.
2014-02-13 03:33:12 PM
4 votes:
Dear White People,

Stop putting your kids on leashes.

Sincerely,

Everybody Else

P.S. This story is less "put your kid on a leash" and more "don't bring your toddler to a bowling alley."
GBB [TotalFark]
2014-02-13 04:33:39 PM
3 votes:

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Why child leashesparenting should be mandatory

Your kid isn't an animal, don't treat it like one.


Actually, your kid is an animal.  They all are.  WE are all animals.  Once they become civilized, then the leash is no longer necessary.
2014-02-13 04:01:02 PM
3 votes:
Try having twins.  They can take off in two separate directions faster than you can react.  You can leave one to go chase the other.

/Leashes my kids occasionally.
2014-02-13 03:53:34 PM
3 votes:

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Child leashes are for parents too stupid or unwilling to parent


Or for children who have Houdini-like abilities.  My mother HAD to have my younger sister on a kind of harness when we were little (back in the mid-70s) because my sister had this constant habit of running off.  Plus her IQ, last I knew, was borderline retardation.  She'd run out in the street if you didn't watch her.

She didn't need one with me, and there's only a year's difference between me and my sister.  Unwilling to parent?  Eh...not likely.
2014-02-13 03:52:02 PM
3 votes:
To all of you who don't have kids or have never had a child do something unexpected - sh*t happens. Some kids are little houdinis and quick.
Parents should have caught him before he got that far, but that's another story.
2014-02-13 03:47:19 PM
3 votes:
Why child leashes breeding licenses should be mandatory.

FTFY subby
2014-02-13 03:40:07 PM
3 votes:
Why child leashesparenting should be mandatory

Your kid isn't an animal, don't treat it like one.
2014-02-13 03:33:56 PM
3 votes:
Watch you damn kids people.

/Ass holes
2014-02-13 03:32:51 PM
3 votes:
Child leashes are for parents too stupid or unwilling to parent
2014-02-13 12:49:32 PM
3 votes:
Countdown to parents suing the bowling alley in 3... 2...
2014-02-13 04:11:44 PM
2 votes:
As a kid I was jealous of kids who had a leash instead of always having to hold Mom or Dad's hand. It would have given me more freedom to look around and I wouldn't have had my hand held over my head so much that I lost circulation. Since there were 4 of us kids, Mom and Dad would have had a hand free as well.
2014-02-13 04:00:40 PM
2 votes:

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Why child leashesparenting should be mandatory

Your kid isn't an animal, don't treat it like one.


Technically, your kid is an animal.

We all are.
2014-02-13 01:35:20 PM
2 votes:
Knowing that this was Wisconsin, the parents were probably in the bar drinking cheap well drinks and a half basket into losing their weekly paycheck playing pull tabs
2014-02-13 06:05:52 PM
1 votes:

bourbonslurp: Before my second kid, I was in the "how about be a parent and watch your kid" crowd.  My second kid...
So what colors do they come in?  Do they make retractable ones so you can give 'em some slack or real 'em back in?  How difficult are they for the kid to take off?


I learned the merit of a toddler leash in the middle of the orchid displays in Longwood Gardens.
2014-02-13 05:39:37 PM
1 votes:

Charmin Mao Tse-Bung: I'm getting a kick out of the condescending "Parents should watch their kids better" comments from folks that don't have kids. I leashed my son occasionally when we were in crowded places, not so I didn't have to watch him, but so he couldn't get very far  if  when he decided to bolt. He's either full throttle or asleep, with no in-between. It's not easy chasing a 3 year old through a busy airport concourse when he's small enough to slip between people much easier than an adult can.


This.

Paying for stuff at the mall requires two hands, thereby releasing child.  The attention you attract by bolting from the register is great.
2014-02-13 05:14:14 PM
1 votes:
I'm getting a kick out of the condescending "Parents should watch their kids better" comments from folks that don't have kids. I leashed my son occasionally when we were in crowded places, not so I didn't have to watch him, but so he couldn't get very far  if  when he decided to bolt. He's either full throttle or asleep, with no in-between. It's not easy chasing a 3 year old through a busy airport concourse when he's small enough to slip between people much easier than an adult can.
2014-02-13 05:09:01 PM
1 votes:
Before my second kid, I was in the "how about be a parent and watch your kid" crowd.  My second kid...
So what colors do they come in?  Do they make retractable ones so you can give 'em some slack or real 'em back in?  How difficult are they for the kid to take off?
2014-02-13 04:54:35 PM
1 votes:

Barnstormer: As a non-parent, can someone tell meat what age does it become unacceptable to duct-tape your kid to a chair?
I mean, suppose you have to go out and just can't afford or find a baby-sitter? Is the duct-tape method really that bad?


The problem is that leaving anyone tied up like that for hours at a time is a major risk.  If a person can't move and the house catches on fire or some other emergency requires everyone to leave, there would be a high likelihood of the person suffering injury or death.  That's not even getting into the circulation problems that occur when a person can't move for long periods of time.  What you described would almost certainly fall under the umbrella of abuse or neglect.
2014-02-13 04:32:54 PM
1 votes:
My dog is better behaved than your kids and it's forced to have a leash on. I support leashed children.
2014-02-13 04:25:22 PM
1 votes:

Fafai: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Child leashes are for parents too stupid or unwilling to parent

Agreed. I'm going to put my kid on a leash and probably stunt his development because some other people can't watch their kids, yeah ok.


My parents used a leash on me, when I was real young.   I was a wanderer, with no fear of being lost.

I remember hiding from my parents, on purpose, in a warehouse store and a department store.

Watching for them to be distracted, just for a second, then disappearing into a clothing display.

I thought it was fun, my parents, did not think it was so fun, hence, the leash
2014-02-13 04:21:51 PM
1 votes:
The other thing about the leashes is, they actually allow the child more freedom than if you are holding the child or maintaining that death grip on their hand.  They can sort of spread out to explore more.
2014-02-13 04:09:19 PM
1 votes:
A genius pre-schooler, way ahead of his time, is reenacting one of his favorite scenes from Deer Hunter...and all of you jerks say he should be on a leash?  I say give that kid a camera and a Kickstarter.
2014-02-13 03:59:16 PM
1 votes:

llortcM_yllort: umad: Why child leashes breeding licenses should be mandatory.

FTFY subby

How the hell would you even enforce such a thing?  What do you do about accidental pregnancies?


Mandatory reversible sterilization. Want it back? Get a license.
2014-02-13 03:58:41 PM
1 votes:
25.media.tumblr.com

/this leash demeans us both
2014-02-13 03:57:48 PM
1 votes:

Agent Smiths Laugh: cherryl taggart: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Why child leashesparenting should be mandatory

Your kid isn't an animal, don't treat it like one.

You obviously haven't met my kid then.  And besides, the dog listens to commands.

Sounds like you should have stuck with the dog.


I'm going to say dogs behave way better than kids. Why would I say that? THEY DON'T MAKE A SHIAT TON OF BEHAVIOR MEDS FOR DOGS!
2014-02-13 03:54:03 PM
1 votes:

llortcM_yllort: umad: Why child leashes breeding licenses should be mandatory.

FTFY subby

How the hell would you even enforce such a thing?  What do you do about accidental pregnancies?


Strictly.

llortcM_yllort: What do you do about accidental pregnancies?


End them.
2014-02-13 03:54:02 PM
1 votes:
Pincy:
Sorry, you fail for using "28 months old".  Your kid is two.

Lol.  He could even get away with two and a half, but yeah, stop using months once your kid is one unless you're talking to a pediatrician.
2014-02-13 03:51:07 PM
1 votes:

Nexzus: Before I had a kid, I would look at parents with their kids on leashes and shake my head, wondering how hard I would be hit if I asked "does he know any tricks"

Now that my little guy is 28 months old, I do have an understanding why a parent would use a child leash. I would never, ever do it, but I do understand.


Sorry, you fail for using "28 months old".  Your kid is two.
2014-02-13 03:48:06 PM
1 votes:

Nexzus: Before I had a kid, I would look at parents with their kids on leashes and shake my head, wondering how hard I would be hit if I asked "does he know any tricks"

Now that my little guy is 28 months old, I do have an understanding why a parent would use a child leash. I would never, ever do it, but I do understand.


Yes, you would much rather he ran into traffic. Splendid.
2014-02-13 03:44:22 PM
1 votes:
It's Eau Claire Wisconsin. The only things to do are drinking, bowling, and drinking while bowling. I think the median age in that town goes up or down 40 years depending on whether the college kids are in town.

/Grew up there
2014-02-13 03:35:25 PM
1 votes:
But then the leash would have clogged up the ball return...
2014-02-13 03:34:26 PM
1 votes:
they should've thrown another ball down the lane, that would've dislodged him
2014-02-13 03:34:01 PM
1 votes:

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Child leashes are for parents too stupid or unwilling to parent


So, most of them?
2014-02-13 02:16:56 PM
1 votes:

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