Is it okay to put your toddler on a leash?

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Some parents swear by it, while others feel that it makes their kids look like pets. What do you think?

To leash, or not to leash

Kids can be hard to deal with sometimes, especially if they're a bit hyperactive, or love to run all over the place. Which is why some parents opt to buy a kid leash, or a leash that they can attach to their kids. That way, they're sure where their kids are at all times, and it also helps them control their hyperactive kids.

However, some parents feel that using a kid leash makes their children look like dogs. Others feel that the only parents who use leashes are irresponsible parents.

So, is it really okay to use a kid leash on your child?

It depends on you as a parent

In reality, it really depends on you on whether or not using a kid leash is good or bad. Having a kid leash is useful in situations wherein your kid might get lost, like in a shopping mall, or in a crowded place.

This is especially true if your child is a bit hyperactive, and if it's hard to keep them close by just by holding their hands. Even the more behaved kids can sometimes have a tendency to get lost, such as if they see a toy they like, or if they get distracted by something.

Leashes are also useful for kids who have developmental disorders, so that you can be sure that they don't accidentally get lost if you're traveling.

However, it's also important to recognize situations wherein using a leash isn't the best option.

A good example would be if you're in the park. Sometimes its best to just keep an eye on your kid, and stay close to them instead of putting them on a leash. That way, they can explore the world around them and not be restricted by a leash.

At the end of the day, it really depends on the situation, and how confident you are when it comes to keeping an eye on your child.

Source: parenting.com

READ: Mother tied toddlers in leashes like dogs and left them in the backyard

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