Leashing the Baby

17-month-old Jacob is a runner. In venues from the library to the grocery store to the playground he takes off and never looks back. If I watch to see how far he’ll go he disappears around corners and behind shelves until I’m terrified and I run after him. In the game of toddler chicken I always lose. I tell myself that he runs because he knows I will follow. I’m not completely certain this is true, but it makes me feel better to believe it, because it means that he doesn’t really want to escape me so much as play a fun game of chase. Or, at least, fun for him.

My daughter Hannah didn’t run as far or as fast as Jacob does. She also wasn’t as quiet, and there was only one of her. Now I have two small people and, invariably, they head in opposite directions. And Jacob does his heading silently, without giving me audio clues as to his whereabouts. The result is that I am finding it much harder to keep tabs on him, and there is a lot of upset when I’m running away from Hannah to catch her brother.

I could confine Jacob to a baby carrier, stroller or shopping cart in public places. Sometimes I do, and sometimes it works. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes Jacob cries and fights against the confinement. It raises a dilemma, because of course he doesn’t want to hold my hand and he’s far too young to be reasoned with. And as much as I would generally love to avoid taking my toddler in public it’s just not practical. So I have decided to try leashing the baby using my trusty Maya Wrap.

Maya wrap as improvised baby leash

I have extremely mixed feelings about the baby leash. On the one hand, you’re leashing a baby. I would find being on a leash to be humiliating and disrespectful. I have seen leashes used in ways that cause me to cringe, like the mother who kept her child on a kid leash on the otherwise empty playground. The whole idea just smacks of treating your child like a pet more than a person.

On the other hand, I have to keep my kid safe. My distraction techniques for outings only take me so far, and Jacob clearly wants to walk under his own steam. Pushing a screaming kid through the store isn’t terribly respectful, either. In fact, it’s possibly worse, because in that situation I am subjecting a whole store to my kid’s cries. Since I can’t reason with a 17-month-old, I’m left with few good options.

Keeping the kid safe in the parking lot

In the end I decided to give the leash a go, and see how it worked. My anti-leash sentiments are projections of my own feelings, which Jacob may not share. If he hates the leash I’ll know it. If he doesn’t mind it, I’ll know it, too. Either way, I am following his cues. So I gave the leash a go, and he seemed to sort of like it. At first he was confused and tried to shimmy out of it. Once I managed to get him moving, though, he was off and not in the least bothered. Never once did he cry or strain against it.

I think I have my answer. In situations where I feel it’s called for, I will use a baby leash. I will probably feel self-conscious about it, but this isn’t really about me. It’s about allowing my toddler reasonable freedom to explore while keeping him safe. If he likes it, that’s all that matters.

What about you? Have you ever used a kid leash? And under what circumstances?

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    1. I don't have kids but it seems like a good idea to me. However I have also seen those parents you're talking about, like the ones that pull on the leash as if it were their dog at the other end. Tough call. At least your leash looks more organic and less like a dog one. If it works for you, go for it…I'll write back in like 5 years when I actually have a kid so that my opinion will be a more valid one :)

    2. I will never forget having Keith on a leash in the Royal York Subway station and having a bunch of Goth kids cuss me out for restraining my child and treating him like property. I was so dumbfounded all I could do was laugh after they were out of eyeshot. I used a leash on both kids until they were just over two. Twice it prevented them from dashing out into traffic, so I guess that was a win.

    3. I took my 5 kids to Disneyland in the summer… 3 of them had tails. I told them it was so they didn't lose Mommy. They WANTED to wear them… and yes, some stupid people made comments… (because the kids on the tails were 6,5,and 3 yrs old) but the only ones I lost was the 10 year old not on a leash and the 13 year old who wanted to be lost :-)… despite the fact that the little ones were not paying attention to where I was because there is so much to look at. There were some stupid adults that weren't paying attention either… they would walk right into the tail (and get it right in the groin… ha ha… great people… if that tail were not there, they would have separated me from my child!!! So really… which is less trauma… putting mommy on a leash, or getting lost? :-)

    4. Safety and common sense prevail.Some children are happy hand-holders and some are bolters. I had one of each.

    5. Amber, I had to do this with my boys in early 80's.. Like above, some children are runners/bolters and safety comes first. I think you are awesome!

    6. I always said that I would never be one of those parents who put their child on a leash, but that was before I became a parent and really I'm ashamed to say, was just being judgemental. My first born Megan was never an issue, she was always by my side which made my feelings for "the leash" easy to stick to. THEN I had Allison! She was the exact opposite of Megan, she wanted to be anywhere but near me! Curiousity always got the better of her and well, she doesn't have any fear. She darted several times into the street or into a busy parking lot and that was when I had to change my opinion on the leash. It became a matter of safety and that is what I told myself. It didn't matter what people thought of me and I knew there would be many thoughts, it was a matter of keeping her safe for her own good. They make them now like little animal backpacks and since she always admired her big sister's school backpack, we took a little shopping trip to find a "cool" backpack for her too. This one little monkey just "happen" to have a tail and lucky for Alli, Mommy will hold it for her. She never had an issue with it, in fact she seemed proud to wear it. I only used it during times I felt necessary, never at the park or in places where it seemed inappropriate but always when we went for a walk without the stroller! At first, I felt kind of embarrassed using it but all the mom's I talked to totally understood that it was a matter of safety and eventually I really didn't care what anyone else thought. She loved it and that's all that mattered! She is 3 now, still always on the move but somewhat easier to reason with. She will hold my hand now when we go for walks or when doing some shopping (but of course I still prefer her in the grocery cart, it just makes like a little simpler) because she is beginning to understand the dangers involved of letting go and taking off. Thank goodness they do eventually grow out of that awkward for mom stage :) That's my two cents :) Good luck Amber!

    7. I think it’s a great solution! My girls also think it’s fun to run away from me in the library and large department stores and hide behind shelves and in clothing – it’s terrifying to not be able to see them – and also very counter productive to what we are doing in each venue. I have never used a leash on the kids, but just because I never thought of it. When they were Jacob’s age I would confine them to a shopping cart, a stroller, hold their hand or carry them.

    8. i have not leashed- but there are days i WANT too!!!

    9. Wow that brings back memories. I distinctly remember entering WalMart with my son who was exactly three (and loved to play chase – still does actually) and my daughter who was 18 mos. I let go of their hands to adjust my diaper bag and dig out my shopping list. They looked at each other, let out a simultaneously sinister giggle, and ran in opposite directions. Panic!
      I tried a leash on my oldest once and he HATED it so that was the end of that. Basically, I had to keep them confined (as above), or just avoid taking them places together.
      Whenever I used to say that I wanted a third baby, my husband would make me take both of them to Safeway by myself.
      .-= Jill´s last post ..All You Need is Love =-.

    10. http://www.rantingparent.com/page8/files/i_was_a_leasher.html

      Let’s just say I learned the hard way some kids need a leash. My daughter would NOT hold my hand/sit in stroller etc. and she would take off towards the road without warning. As we lived in a busy area (and had no car, so had to walk most places) I used a leash. She liked it. Then she stopped running off and I stopped using it. End of story.

      I don’t get the judgement about leashes, frankly. It’s like everything parenting-wise -every kid is different, you can’t judge blah blah blah :-)

    11. Interesting post. I’ve often wondered about this myself now that my son is getting more mobile and curious, and I’m pretty sure that if I were faced with such an energetic, exploratory toddler, I’d do the exact same thing. If you’re child is too young to be reasoned with, what do you do? You have to do your best to keep them safe, and no one can judge you harshly for that.
      .-= Sarah´s last post ..Santa Baby =-.

    12. I totally agree with you, the fears, the need for it, everything. The same thing happened to me. I have 2 kids under 2, and its very hard to hold them both. One still does not walk, and the other has been walking for a little while now. We bought the leash on vacation and she really likes it for certain places like the zoo (HATES the stroller too, did I mention). I usually don’t use it, but when I need it, I’m glad its there. Also much of the criticism I hear is from people who ARE NOT PARENTS which bothers me the most, or people who have seen the video of the child being dragged by his leash. Both of these are a problem and create a lot of negativity around it.

    13. Hey! That is a lovely alternative to the “harness” system that some parents use. They make me cringe too, and when my second turned out to be a stealth-runner, I resorted to a spiral springy wrist thing in busy mall situations (the kind that cashiers keep their swipe cards on). I put one end through a pant loop on him and the other end on my wrist. It was very passive… I could just feel the tug if he got beyond the neon spring’s range. But most of the time I held his hand anyways… it was if he bolted, he was reminded to keep close! They are FAST little demons when they want to be, and if they are looking to make a game of it, then it’s quite hellish from a mom’s perspective!

      BTW, he never got seriously upset(or even slowed down) by the restriction. It was a gentle reminder of the rules of proximity in public. As soon as I could trust him to stay close when I asked, we dropped it. I never ever DEPENDED on it, it was just a little bit of sanity in hectic public places.
      .-= *pol´s last post ..We are what we eat =-.

    14. oh, and if I was in Palmygal’s situation, I may have opted for sturdier restraint. Toddlers just don’t understand cars…. very scary.
      .-= *pol´s last post ..We are what we eat =-.

    15. Hey, whatever works! He looks perfectly happy. I would do the same thing.

      Amber, you’re so pretty. Why not a pretty photo of you for the header? A little makeup, maybe one where you’re upright? I’ve thought it for ages, and I hope you don’t think I’m rude!

    16. I think that the use of a baby leash is one of the best things out there.Toddlers are very unpredictable and as a parent we must keep them safe..
      .-= Michelle Kent´s last post ..Wordless Wednesday | Smiling Half Willingly =-.

    17. After three separate occasions of my then just 2 year son running onto the street squealing with laughter and I shrieked for him to stop and attempted to overtake him (and one time, he stopped short and I was running full tilt so I plowed over my little guy and the two of us went tumbling all over the road and I nearly had a heart attack) I decided we needed a leash. My sister had a backpack style leash: Spencer wears a horsey backpack and there is a 4 foot leash attach to the bottom of it. He doesn’t mind it, but my husband and I have both gotten lots of dirty looks when using it. It sucks. Luckily, he’s starting to finally agree to hold hands, so things are finally looking up!

    18. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned my personal “leash” experience. I never thought I’d use it but you do what you have to. I feel somewhat better in the fact that I bought a leash that is connected to a cute unicorn backpack so my kids think they are the coolest ever with their backpack, strangers think they are adorable, and I have some semblence of sanity.

      It doesn’t always work but it’s better than letting her run free if she won’t do the stroller
      .-= Carrie´s last post ..Cleanliness is next to mental instability =-.

    19. @Leanne just noticed your comment about strangers giving you dirty looks when you use what sounds like the same harness as I do. Wow, never had dirty looks. As I said, they think the girls are just SO cute with their backpacks…
      .-= Carrie´s last post ..Cleanliness is next to mental instability =-.

    20. I’ve never used any sort of leash and am not much for hand holding w/ my 2yo as just holding him by the forearm. I wonder if the sling/wrap isn’t exactly the best option, i.e. if you did have to stop him from running, would he fall flat? Honestly 17months is just a screamy age when they don’t yet have the receptive/expressive language to understand the import of not running off. I follow my kids cues, but there is a point where it is just as healthy for them to experience and learn to cope with temporary annoyances like hand holding and shopping carts. If he seems to like the wrap and as someone else mentioned—if it helps him gauge how close he should be to you, then it might be just the thing.
      .-= Heather´s last post ..his toy story =-.

    21. I do love how he looks kind of reproachful and humiliated in that first picture :).

      I think the very last reason you should ever choose not to do something with your kid is fear of dirty looks from strangers. Not that I’m immune to them either, but it’s so true — there’s a world of judgement out there, and most of it is on the part of smug kidless people. It’s context-dependent — and in the ones you’re talking about, it’s completely appropriate.

      Is that comment about the picture from your mother? It sounds like a mother comment.
      .-= Allison´s last post ..***********Not THAT Kind of Rye =-.

    22. Safety first.

      And if he doesn’t mind it – even better.

      I’m sure I’m going to have to leash my baby boy. He’s already moving and he’s only 5 months.Downside is I already get a lot of stares as it is so this will add to the staring.

      That backpack idea sounds like a good one!

    23. I have never understood the reactions people have against harnesses and leashes. If I would leash my dog (not that I would ever get a dog)to keep them safe, why would I not afford the child I love the same respect? It isn’t something you will need to use forever, but it does give your child a bit of freedom and you the chance to keep them from danger. I had a horrifying 2 minutes where I turned for a second in a store and Aidan ran off. I wouldn’t want to ever relive those minutes where I didn’t know where he was.

      I think there are other practical reasons for using a harness, backpack or whatever. I challenge any adult to spend a half hour walking with an arm stuck straight up in the air. How does it feel? Now walk around for a half hour with a backpack secured with a chest clip. How does that feel? Better?

      Safety is my first concern. I make sure that my kids where helmets when we are biking. I make sure my kids are strapped into their car seats when in the car. When my toddler isn’t in the stroller and wants to run, he wears his backpack with the leash attachment. He gets to explore and I get peace of mind and emergency control.
      .-= Gwen´s last post ..Safety First Air Protect Car Seat: A Review =-.

    24. I have always felt the same way as you, but I think you may have changed my mind by the way you are approaching it: “My anti-leash sentiments are projections of my own feelings, which Jacob may not share. If he hates the leash I’ll know it. If he doesn’t mind it, I’ll know it, too. Either way, I am following his cues.”

      Kidnergarten teachers use the “leash” concept when they ask the kids to all hold on to a rope when they are out on field trips. This is the same idea, yes? Perhaps Jacob will get a chance to enjoy the trip in a new and otherwise impossible way if his urge to run is held in check by the boundary you have created.
      .-= Molly´s last post ..My personal struggle =-.

    25. I remember as a very young child making it a game to get lost amidst the crowds…

      If a leash works, use it. Just keep it safe (not around the neck) and non-humiliating (no dog-leash) please.

      Kids can disappear in the blink of an eye. I’d never look down upon a mother who took the opportunity to make walking in crowded areas safer for her young children.

    26. i never leashed my first child but he was not a roamer so it was never even a consideration. plus, like you said — i only had one then. i have thought many times about leasing the pea. she is a roamer and i have a hard time keeping track of both of them sometimes. i am lucky that bean still likes to stay by my side so when i am chasing her he stays right with me.

      anyway, i have borrowed my friend maya wrap so i might try it out next time we are in a less safe to roam place.

      also, i can’t help but say the commenter who told you to put up a more attractive picture on your headed has me in fits of giggles. perhaps not the intended reaction but i got such a kick out of it. sometimes i love the internet!
      .-= robin´s last post ..answers part II =-.

    27. I don’t blame you… if you got two what else can you do? Loosing the kids?

      I never had to leash Dharma but then I only have one… I might have to revisit that at some point.
      .-= Mel´s last post ..Day 12: Dharma starts nursery =-.

    28. I love hearing your thoughts on this, particularly that your feelings about leashes are not necessarily your son’s.

      We also have a non-hand holder here. Fortunately, he usually stays close — but not in stores all of a sudden. We got lots of concerned store clerks at Kohl’s trailing after him and asking us reproachfully “Are you the mommy?” when we met up again. The store was nearly empty, and he was carrying a doll with a bell attached (no, seriously), so I gave up trying to corral him, because he just thought it was funny. I’d say, “You need to stay near me,” and he’d mimic, “Stay near…hee hee hee!” and take off.

      And here I was trying to do him a good deed and buy him new undies! ;)

      Anywaaaay…I was going to say, if I had TWO such children, or even one like that but another as well, as you do, leashes would start looking attractive. I see that now.
      .-= Lauren @ Hobo Mama´s last post ..Wordless Wednesday: Drunken photo meme =-.

    29. I think that is a pretty great idea. My boy hasn’t tried to run away yet, he is pretty happy in the shopping card or stroller, but I will keep this in mind for later.

    30. I am ordinarily not a big fan of leashes, but when Ivey gets to be Jacob’s age, I may be using a leash myself, as I’ll have two mobile kids to keep up with. Suzi (2.5) has a monkey backpack leash, purchased by her grandparents. It annoys me just slightly that they use it, because Suzi has never been one to just run off. However, it’s not a huge deal. My parents used to take care of Suzi (for free, and gave her a ton of love and attention) while I worked, and if they wanted to let her walk on a monkey backpack leash, I could certainly think of more important things to worry about.

      For a bolter, though, and especially a bolter with a sibling, I don’t see many alternatives to the leash. And I don’t get all these people saying leashes are humiliating to the CHILDREN. Most of the kids I’ve seen on leashes look happy! Happy to be walking (usually leading the way) rather than being held more restrictively by the hand. Happy to have a bit of freedom, but also to know that mom is right there. I wore a leash when I was a kid. Back then they were making them out of two velcro wrist straps, one for mom and one for child, with something similar to a phone cord in between them. This setup made it feel less like a person walking a subordinate being like a dog, and I knew I wasn’t going to get lost from my mom. That happened to me a couple of times when we left the leash at home and it scared me to death, so I didn’t mind the leash. It’s revolting how some people claim to be advocating for children (by saying leashes are across-the-board dehumanizing, in this case) but they don’t give children enough credit to believe they have an opinion, or respect them enough to ask for it.

      Anyway, I’m glad you posted this. What a creative way to make a leash! Much better than a harness. I’ll more than likely need to use one someday and this makes me feel better about it.

      P.S. The “pretty” header comment is so mom-like, as Allison pointed out. If the commenter’s name had been Julie I’d have definitely clicked through to see if it was my mom who’d said it :-) LOL.
      .-= Jenny´s last post ..Starting 2010 a little late: Goals =-.

    31. I used to think leashes were really humiliating for the kids – but you hit the nail on the head – those were *my* feelings.
      Kieran runs, but so far he’s not run fast enough for me to be truly worried.
      I do let him down when we’re shopping – he really enjoys walking in the aisles and helping me get food. It’s a nice experience for him.
      I am trying to instill in him that he has to stay where I can see him in stores, and that I get scared when I can’t.
      I hope I don’t have to use a leash (more now b/c I know he’d scream – he hates to be restrained), but we’ll see how it pans out.
      I can’t even imagine having two of him!!
      .-= Dionna @ Code Name: Mama´s last post ..Quinoa Chili =-.

    32. I used to think it was terrible to put a leash on a child. And then I had a son who would take off running any chance he could get. He also screamed if I tried to contain him in a shopping cart or stroller.

      Our friends had a son with a similar temperament to ours and loaned us a baby leash on a trip to the Aquarium. It worked like a charm. My son didn’t seem to mind it – after all he was still allowed to roam (sort of) free and he was still safe. We used the leash on my son until he was old enough to know not to take off on me (although truthfully we’re still working on this at age 3).

      I don’t think my daughter will need the leash. So far she seems to like to stay pretty close. Yay.
      .-= Marilyn´s last post ..What I Want to Be When I Grow Up =-.

    33. Cool. I hope it continues working for you both. And I love how you’ve taken your wrap and given it a new use. Saves money and saves the environment too. Good job!
      .-= Melodie´s last post ..Mindfully Loving My Children =-.

    34. Never did with JD but oh my – Camden like Jacob is a runner and a screamer – so I asked for one of those backpacks with a leash – safety and sanity prevail – and if I feel it is safe to run a muck – he will

    35. People who scorn leashes are people who are not parents.

      I haven’t used one before, but can’t say I haven’t been tempted. Luckily, the older one will come when I call, while I’m chasing the little guy.
      .-= Lady M´s last post ..The Obsession Continueth Through Generations =-.

    36. Ha, I remember being ON a kid-leash. We had spiral-cord leashes with velcro wrist-straps on each end.

      I have a vivid memory of being probably 3 years old, holding my mom’s hand at an amusement park with the kid-leash dangling between our hands, watching my 1-year-old brother at the verrrry end of his leash, leaning forward, with the leash streeeetched to maximum length between him and my dad. Heh. He obviously needed it. (From the stories my mom tells, he was like Jacob in that he was a runner who didn’t ever look back.)
      .-= Emily´s last post ..the answer =-.

    37. I remember using the same tool to leash my son when he was that age. He didn’t tolerate it well.

      My husband used to take my son (only child) to the mall during the day when it wasn’t busy and let him run several steps ahead of him. Worked well for him. However, it did not work well for me and made mall trips stressful.

      Umbrella stroller worked better for me.

      No problems with leashing as long as it is done compassionately.

    38. Great I deal to use the moby wrap! Our toddler will sit nicely in the cart or be carried by dad, but not so for me. For some reason both kids seem to think that they can escape from me.
      .-= mamasapplecores´s last post ..Delurking Day =-.

    39. The wrap says “I’m an attachment parent” and using it as a leash says “I adapt to the needs of my particular child”. Love it!

      No, I’ve not had to use a leash, my 3 year old was never a runner. If my baby grows up to be you’ll bet I’ll be using a wrap as one. Safety first, always.
      .-= AmberDusick´s last post ..We interrupt this program… =-.

    40. the jellybean isn’t a runner, and he’s the only one, so my attention is pretty focused. so i consider myself lucky.

      love the new use of the maya. i’m totally going to suggest that to my friend who is borrowing mine and seems to have brought a roamer and runner into the world.

      wonderful insight that you were able to see that the humiliation was your own and not jacob’s. that should really put it into context for the nay sayers. and i am a very firm believer of do what works for you and your family. well, as least within the confines of the law… ;-)

    41. I’ve never had to use a leash because both my kids were the kind that clung to my leg as if they were attached to it surgically.

      However, my niece was a runner so my brother and his wife used a leash whenever they went anywhere especially crowded. I think if she had been firstborn it wouldn’t have been as much of an issue, but she was third child, so mom and dad had other children they had to keep an eye on, too. Mainly they used the leash at places like Disney World, or in a crowded mall at Christmastime. I believe they got the leash after a couple of harrowing incidences where she took off on them and it took a while to find her.

      You know what, you do what you need to do to keep a particular child safe. My niece only had to use the leash for about a year or two and only during very specific circumstances where it was difficult for mom and dad to keep her from easily disappearing. She’s eleven now and rest assured that she does not ever wear a leash anymore and has not for quite some time.

    42. Pre-actually BEING a mom, I confess I used to look down on these, but now that I too am facing the reality of a toddler who really likes to run around/away a lot, this is starting to sound better and better. I mean, I definitely still use the sling/mei tai ALL the time. We use the jogging stroller to walk a mile every day, but she definitely prefers to be on the ground herself if she’s not in the sling. It’s usually one or the other – like, at the grocery store, she’ll be in the cart for a while and have fun, but then gets squirmy and wants to either be held (sling) or get down and run about.

      I have definitely been thinking that especially for airport layovers (having suffered through several long ones recently), this would help life not be so severely frustrating for both of us. The sling and the umbrella stroller (it’s practically the only time i use the latter) both work for a while, depending on her mood, but sometimes a third option would be a huge help.

      And I was also thinking that this is actually a nice definition of attachment parenting, in a way – allowing your child to explore the world safely, within the boundaries you have set. I know some see leashes as cruelly restrictive (hell, I once did), but no one bats an eye at strollers, and they’re literally strapped IN to those. Know what I mean? (Nothing against strollers, I’m just saying, in that specific comparison, what’s more “freeing”, and what’s more “confining”?)

      Using the Maya Wrap would be perfect! I also have a monkey backpack harness (it was only about $10, so why not?) that we may be trying out soon. We’ll give both of them a run.

      Let us know how it’s going!
      .-= Dou-la-la´s last post ..Training Your Team =-.

    43. I have to agree with Dou-la-la that strollers are far more confining than leashes. I only use a leash if necessary, which with my older two was only in very crowded places.

      I have a feeling with my current baby it’s going to be needed more often. She’s not even walking yet and already showing signs of a being a runner. I took her in the front yard the other day to watch the older two play, and she just took off crawling down the sidewalk without a care for if anyone would follow her.
      .-= Stephanie – Home with the Kids´s last post ..Does Article Distribution Through Content Crooner Work? =-.

    44. I confess that I missed this post when it first came around and I’m sorry. I’m a huge proponent of the leash. We have one that we used on Ben when he was younger and that will be handed down to Katie when she’s of age.

      I have two dogs who are always leashed when we go for walks. When I would take a dog and Ben, each would be on a leash because, honestly, that’s a chance I’m not willing to take.

      We got them, primarily, though, for the grandparents. Our kids are young, fast, and agile. Our parents are none of these. This way toddler child could go for a walk with Nana or Grandpa without us having to worry about either of them getting injured :).

    45. I dunno how I missed this post!

      Yep – we used a “leash”, especially when Jonas was small. He REFUSES to hold hands (and when you think about it, it’s not really comfortable for a kid to keep their little arm stretched up over their head for any length of time – so really, who can blame them?!?)

      Ours looks like a little stuffed animal Monkey backpack with a long monkey tail that the parent holds on to. It’s adorable. And he loves it. He likes walking and not having to be right at arms length, so it keeps him really happy. Win/Win.

      I know some judgmental people will look down on me for it, but I don’t give a rat’s ass. Until they’re trying to wrestle my screaming kid to the ground because he INSISTS on walking and REFUSES to hold anybody’s hand, then they’ve got nothing to say about it. Shut it!
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