I am talking about our 3 year old aka Mr. Beanpole. I know harsh, right? Maybe? I am struggling a little bit with this.
See I used to be one of those moms who "judged" just a little bit when I saw parents with the little monkey or puppy backpack harnesses i.e. leashes on their children. I would
You see, Mr. Beanpole is a normal average 3 year old, always curious, always getting into something, somewhere, has no fear and likes to run (more like bolt)! At times he has bolted when we are trying to just get out into the car here at home, at church, etc. He also gets distracted easily like most 3 year olds when we are out and about so unless we are holding his hand at all times (which he is not very fond of since he is Mr Independent these days) we walk at a snails pace, touching everyone and everything in our path.
When it comes to bolting when we are getting in/out of the car, we are lucky that the street we live on has very little traffic most of the time and he hasn't bolted into the street but rather up the street on the sidewalk but when you see him in action, he is QUICK! (He gets that from his older brother) And it is probably the funniest thing to my neighbors when I am running up the street, with baby in tow, after him, hollering his name....My hair flying in my face, Miss K bouncing on my hip (among other things bouncing that shouldn't) as I am about to make a face plant with each step...Not too funny at the time, but of course always looking back I just have to chuckle (or else I would probably cry).
So with this all being said, I am no longer that mother! I am really considering getting one of those little backpacks i.e. leashes to use with him when we are out and about so I have a little bit more "control".
What do you think?
Are you for or against "leashes" on small children?