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View Poll Results: Would you use one of those leashes on you child(ren)??
Yes, they're practical and keep my child from wandering off. 40 53.33%
No, they're constricting and undignified. 21 28.00%
I'm on the fence about them. 14 18.67%
Voters: 75. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-16-2011, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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And what is it with tweezers? And how come only the good ones go missing? I used to hide mine in the downstairs powder room, underneath the clean towels and extra TP (guaranteed safe under the extra TP since NO ONE will put the new roll on anyway, they'll just use tissues and hope someone else changes the roll - which will of course be...you)
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:48 PM
 
Location: You know... That place
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It's those dang opposable thumbs!

I never used a harness, but I'll admit that a shock collar has crossed my mind once or twice. I am a MEAN MOM.

I found my good tweezers today, by the way. Little Miss I Didn't Do It I Swear had them.

ZAP!
I am telling you that you have to hide those things. Tuck them into a pair of socks in your drawer. They won't think to look for them there.
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:49 PM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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We have the same size feet and she takes my socks. I'm leaning toward the TP idea.
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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DH thinks the good tweezers make excellent screwdrivers in a pinch, and they always seem to have one skew edge.
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:59 PM
 
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: rage face :

Back on topic: I'm neutral on leashes.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:06 PM
 
Location: here
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Am I missing something? Are you really trying to say Disneyland is not an appropriate place for two year olds?
Yes, I believe she is. Because someone who cares about their child's "happiness" would leave her at home with a sitter instead of taking her to Disneyland. It makes perfect sense, right?
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:08 PM
 
Location: CA
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You never know what kind of issues kids have that make it dangerous for them not to be tethered to their parents when brought out in public. Some children have disabilities that renders them unable to control themselves and stay near their parents like "normal" children. I have a friend who has a rare terminal brain disease in addition to having a child who is autistic w/ wandering tendencies. This mentally disabled 6 year old BOLTS at any and every opportunity. He's a nightmare to take anywhere and I've seen this poor mother SOB because his wandering is so taxing on her already fragile state. The boy needs a leash so she can go to the grocery store without him running out the front.

Ultimately, parents should do what's logical and right for their own children and refrain from making snap judgments on others who do things differently. Don't want to use a leash? Fine. But don't judge someone else's decision especially if they are strangers. You never know when you are judging people who really don't deserve it - they could be disabled people trying to do their best (like my dying friend with a wandering autistic kid). In other words, mind your own business.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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Oh yeah...leashes.

My mom used one "back in the day" when she was traveling overseas with 2 children under 5. I used one (the wrist band kind) a few times. Not often but once in awhile it was just the best thing for everyone involved. Didn't seem to bother the kids at all. They didn't start barking and asking for their meals in a stainless steel dish on the floor or anything. They seem to have grown up without any ill effects too.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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Interestingly I haven't seen a parent criticize the use of leashes yet, just a few un-parents. Hmm!

I still say C'est la vie!
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:25 PM
 
Location: You know... That place
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rkb made a good point a few pages ago. We have seen many reasons why parents woould use them, but no good reasons not to use them. I was actually kind of hoping someone would come up with a reason why they should not be used. Does anyone have any ideas?

ETA: by the way, I think the poll question was missing at least one possible answer: I don't use them but see why others might.
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