Barb - posted on 11/20/2010 ( 181 moms have responded )
Recently a woman was arrested for dragging her toddler through a cell phone store on his back with a leash. Here is a link to the video and short story: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a88_12490...
I couldn't find the video but recall seeing one where a mother and child were standing on one side of a partition in a store, the child was near the end, and a stranger was at the end near the other side and lured the child away from the mother in a matter of a seconds. The leash would have prevented this from happening, so would have the mother paying attention or holding the child's hand.
My own personal experience is, i've never used a leash on my kids. I have lost my youngest in a store before. We were in Sears, in the boys section, they had a game set up with the controller out at his height and the tv up above. I was checking out clothes in the rack behind him, thinking i had a few minutes since he would be engrossed in the game. The next time i looked up he was gone from the controller and my heart stopped. Then i heard them calling my name over the loud speakers. I felt relief but i don't know what my face was showing because when i was running to automotive to get Jr he saw my face and stepped behind the sales clerk to hide LOL. I hugged and kissed him and she said "you must be mom?" i would hope so! Still, i never bought a leash, i just used that experience to praise him for going to a store clerk to help find me. And to teach me to grow a wondering eye that stayed trained on him.
So what do you think? Parenting tool? Necessary safety device? Unnecessary tool, or Cop out/Lazy parenting?