First of all.... thanks for the history lesson- obviously NO ONE in my family ever used what you call "reins" or the new term leashes. I am not saying that I am right by any means, however there is not a chance EVER you could convince me that leashing your child is ok. I give my son plenty of freedom with out letting him run wild in a crowded place. It is only LAZY PARENTING!!! If your kid starts to dart off or won't hold your hold- you decipline them. Come on parents... when did everyone turn into such sissies!!! They are our kids not anyone elses. You people that leash kids are probably the same one's that do not believe in Spankings. Instead of trying to teach your child that they are not allowed to dart off or the dangers- you take the easy way out! That is what is wrong with parents now a days- Everyone wants to call themselves parents, but so few really are.
Michele - give it a rest. First you say you are not saying you are right by any means and then you proceed to call other moms (including me) lazy, sissies and not really parents. You are right though, I am a new convert to the leash/reins/harness whatever you want to call it and I also don't believe in spanking. So I'll give you that (although I'm a firm believer in "decipline" aka discipline). Now please go be rude elsewhere.