My son has always been active, even as a baby. He went from rolling to walking to running in a matter of weeks. And lately, we've had a big problem with him running away from us in public places. And it's especially hard to chase after him when we're towing Babycakes in his car seat or a grocery cart, etc.
After running away from me in Trader Joe's last week, and giving me the scare of my life, I became exasperated. So I did one of those things I always said I'd never do: I bought a kid leash.
Just like the other things I said I'd never use - a pacifier, premade PBJ sandwiches, disposable bibs - I quickly realized why other parents like these so much.
Really, it's worked like a charm. Now when we go to the zoo or the store or even for a walk around the block, I'm a lot more confident knowing that he physically can't run away from me.
I only wish I would have bought one sooner!
Sure, we get some evil stares from people, horrified that I walk my toddler around on a leash. So we've come up with a great response - my son barks at them.
In fact, just yesterday a woman said to me, "How can you treat him like an animal?"
And perfectly timed, my son looked at her and loudly exclaimed: "Woof! Woof!"
She was so shocked she just walked away.
(April fools ;)
6 months ago