Alison - posted on 01/09/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )
Hi, we have a very energetic 19mth old daughter and 4mth old twin boys. When I go out by myself with all the children, Sometimes I put one of the twins on my chest in the carry pack and the other in the double pram with my daughter. occassionly, I put both twins in the pram and put a velcro wrist strap on myself , attached to my daughters wrist. This gives her the freedom to walk and move around, but still be safe with me and not run on to the road.
Today I was walking in the street and an older man said "I don't think I like that" and pointed at the wrist strap on my daughter as we walked by. I politely said "well, she isn't your daughter, so it's none of your business".
As I walked away, the man started yelling, swearing and abusing me. Saying that it's a free country, he can say what he likes, and that the wrist strap is dangerous, I'm an irresponsible mother and a young F#@K.
I have had a few odd looks about the wrist strap in the past, but never had anyone comment.
The whole thing ruined our day and put me in tears, so I really need to know what to do next time someone makes a comment, or is the wrist strap really that un-safe?