Whoa, bring on the controversy! Or maybe not! =)
This was the topic of discussion on our local radio station yesterday during the drive home show here in Edmonton. The 2 hosts were inviting people to call in with their views in support for or against the practice of using restraining harnesses on a child.
Have you seen them? The little thingy that looks like your child is on a leash so they don't run off. Sometimes the child is hooked up in a nifty looking little backpack type harness, and other times, it really does look like a leash, the child has something around their wrist which is attached to your wrist.
Have you used one?
I did have one in my possession with my oldest child. I never did actually use it, but at times I was tempted. I don't think I ever had it on my person when I was thinking about it though. My big boy was a wanderer. He'd just bolt without warning - Fast! Didn't matter when, didn't matter where, he was just so busy & full of energy that the details weren't concerning, but WE were concerned!! At times it was scary!
The male host of the show made a few statements which I thought were very ignorant. As follows; "What happened to good old fashioned parenting? When I was little, my parents taught me not to run off, so I didn't." and later; "Why don't parents just teach their children to stick close?" and then; "This is for those parents who choose easy methods."
Unenlightened man with no kids of his own!! Sounds like I did before I had children.
Of course he had many people call in and comment how right he was and how utterly ridiculous parents looked and that truly it was some form of deranged child abuse.
And then a few moms called & told the host a) you're not a parent, so shut-up on something you know nothing about and b) don't knock it until you have multiples of the same age or even multi aged children who are young and take off. It is a safety concern.
I think I understand both sides of the fence. On the one hand, the fellow was out of line with some of his statements. Totally from a perspective of never having walked in the shoes. I don't like how radio hosts will start a discussion, then totally knock down anyone who doesn't agree with them. That's not called discussion.
On the other hand, I have seen people use it like a leash. Like they are leading their child, giving it a yank if the kid doesn't move fast enough. Might as well be a puppy.
Have you seen these? What do you think?