Kid or Pet on a Leash?

Hey, I'm a kid! I may like to make noises like an animal but I'm NOT an animal. Who gave you the right to put us on leashes like we're your pets?

Luckily for me mommy doesn't have a leash for me but I've seen other little people like me, quite a few of them actually, on leashes. I feel really sorry for them because unlike my mommy who holds my hand, their parents think that its ok to cross the street or walk into the store with them on leashes like they are their puppy. Just because it may be designed like a puppy, or a monkey or another cute animal, doesn't mean that we're animals.

Are we that uncontrollable? Maybe we are because you treat us that way. I bet if you asked us what we want, we'd be able to tell you that we would actually prefer when you hold our hands, give us a ride in the stroller, put us in the shopping carts when we go shopping or even carry us. That way you won't lose us if you're that concerned for our safety. We actually treasure those moments of you holding our hands. It makes us feel a lot more secure.

You say you don't want to lose us in the store but why would you lose us in the store? Is it because you weren't paying any attention to me? I have tiny little legs so I can't go very far unless you were self absorbed in what you were doing and couldn't be bothered with me. I'm only moving away so you can play with me. I like when you call my name, we're actually playing a game of hide and seek, but when you don't find me soon enough I get scared and start crying.

Hey! Are they your pets too? See other pics of Kids on Leashes here.
I hate seeing my little friends being tugged like animals while you big people talk on your cell phones or talk to your friends. We'd like to be paid as much attention as you do your technology and your friends. I've even seen some of you mommies tie your leashes off onto something so that you can do something or not hold onto it. Leashes makes you less responsible and gives you a way out of not paying me any attention at all. Actually if our leash is too long we have just as much chance to get into the street as you not holding our hands. Also our leashes can get caught up in the store racks. I've seen mommies trying to untie their little ones from those as well.

I may make a lot of you mommies angry but I'm a toddler and I'm just expressing how I feel. We don't like being treated like a pet because we're not pets. How about we put you big people on leashes for a day? Now how would that make you feel? Would you like it when we tug you back and forth because you weren't paying attention while I was texting on my blackberry instead of paying you any attention? I don't think so.

We little people have feelings too and I would suggest if you wanted to put something on a leash, how about a puppy. There are quite a few up for adoption at your local animal shelter.

I want to hear your views on kids leashes? Are you for or against them?

Annmarie John


  1. LOVE IT! I totally agree! It kills me when I see this!


  2. I had one for my oldest when he was 2 and we were going through the airport (Mobile, AL to Charlotte, NC -through the HUGE terminal from B Gates to E Gates- and our destination was VA).

    I used it as a safety line around my wrist while I carried my son or held his hand (though it was mostly carrying him while I ran through the terminal to catch our flight)... It was nice because I had a built in pouch that held a small snack that was easy to reach while moving quickly. After that, he used it as a play backpack without the tail leash (it's a monkey).

    I'd never dream of "walking my kid on a leash" but it was useful as an EXTRA security measure in a busy place, in a hurry, toting lots of stuff while wrangling my 2 year old alone! It was his first flight and my first traveling with him alone!

  3. Love this! So glad you commented on my site so I was able to come here and find your site too. Your site is adorable! I was just talking to someone else about the issue of child leashes and how crazy they are.

  4. I agree with you 100%. I get really sad when I see kids on leashes. If I were that kid (and could understand) I'd be completely embarrassed. Leashes are meant for animals not children. I understand parent's might see it as a safety reason in a crowd of people but as you mentioned that is what holding hands is for or how about trying a stroller? Strollers allow your children to be strapped in if that is the worry. I love technology and our advancements but this is one of those inventions our ancestors would kick our butts for!

  5. I don't have a problem with leashes, especially in big scary places like Disneyland. Also, sometimes it's for health reasons. My brother went through this phase where he would see someone - or something - he liked, and then run full speed in that direction. My Dad has really bad arthritis in both ankles and can't really run. Sadly, a three year old on chubby legs can easily outpace him. At the same time, though, Dad didn't want to keep him strapped in a stroller; he wanted lil man to get a chance to practice being a big kid. So if I wasn't going to be there too (expert baby wrangler, right here), he broke the leash out. But only for about 6 months. :)

  6. Seeing kids on leashes is one of my major pet peeves. I have been places and have seen parents yank their child back on them. I have an 8 year old and a 3 year old, and while going out into public in large crowd situations can be stressful at times, I have done fine without one.

  7. I never liked the idea of kid leashes! I've never owned one, and I can just imagine that the kids do NOT like them at all. I do understand, however, that for some kids it might be a necessity.
    Great post. I'm a new bloglovin follower.

  8. I never liked the idea of putting a child on a leash and would never do that to my toddler but I totally understand doing it at a crowded place like an airport or Disneyland.

  9. I don't like them either! I have never used them on my kids and I don't like seeing them either!

  10. Have to agree with you 100% on this. I have never used one and have no intention of ever using one. If the child is able to walk then holding them by the hand will do just fine. Always works for me.

  11. My daughter is 5 1/2 and has always wanted to stay very close to me or Daddy out in public. My son is 2 1/2 and is the exact opposite. If we went into a very crowed situation he would be in the Babyhawk for his own safety. When we found a quiet place he would be down to explore again.

  12. I have two lovely daughters that are young adults and they were never lease regrets!

  13. I actually have to completely disagree with this.

    I have 2-year-old quadruplets that the leashes are part of our safety equipment. Often, my choices are: don't leave home because I have more kids than hands OR use the leashes so that we can safely get from the parking lot into a building, or go to storytime at the library and not have them scatter on me.

    I used to feel the same way you do, but then I actually had kids. I've learned not to make blanket statements about things because I don't know the individual situations behind what parents decide to do. I never thought I'd be a "leash parent" but those leashes are what let my kids experience things they wouldn't otherwise. Could I use a stroller? Yes. But I also don't want to keep my kids strapped into it the entire time. I want them to be able to explore and play...just within reach of where I can protect them.

    I hope that offers another perspective!

    1. I have to say that I have mixed feelings over the whole leash thing. If it's the difference between a child getting hit by a car, or having a "leash" on them,then it's a good thing. Moms with many children need that help, especially if they have more then one small child.

  14. My opinion? NEVER. If you watch, are engaged with and care for your children there is no need for this product.

  15. Hehe, this made me giggle a bit. All are entitled to their opinions. My son loves his 'dino reins' though. He likes putting on his little dinosaur backpack and he feels more independent this way than holding my hand all the time. We live in a city and we walk everywhere. Walking lots is really healthy and enjoyable for my son and he's happy on the reins, so I don't see a problem. I'd never tie him to anything or yank him around though! :)
    I love your blog Madison. Thanks for dropping by mine!
    Hannah x

  16. My son never had one, my daughter had a puppy backpack that was also a leash, we didn't use it often but she actually picked it out and wanted to use it, Sometimes she wants to hold hands but for the most part she was always independent and doesn't like being sooo close to me, and she certainly did not want to be carried anywhere, and even if she had it wouldn't have lasted long since I have had 9 surgeries including a back surgery. She hated being in a stroller after she learned to walk, I in fact have numerous pictures of her flipping out while I am trying in vein to put her in a stroller, she also was against shopping carts until she turned 4. She loved having more freedom to walk around and I loved that I was close enough to protect her should something awful happen, We lived on the border of Juarez Mexico when she was a toddler and I was not willing to risk someone kidnapping my daughter to use her for drug trafficking, If that makes me a bad parent so be it. I honestly think it is pretty messed up how parents judge each other for their choices, when the choice is not hurting the child. Now with that said I have to agree with you concerning pulling a child, or tying a child to something with a leash, that is crazy and I probably would say something if I seen someone doing this, that is not what they were made for and I would have to consider that a form of abuse, Love your blog, this is definitely a controversial subject xo

  17. I have 2 kids. One kid was just fine going anywhere with me. He would always stay by my side. The other kid, not so much. He would scatter about faster that anything I've even seen. I had talks with him about safety and stranger danger. Those talks did nothing. I used a monkey backpack leash a few times. It looked less like an animal leash. Did he hate it? Nope. In fact he thought it was funny. A few times of using it gave him his lesson; he needed to stay with Mom. I stopped using it. I think it totally depends on the kid, and situation. If I'm at a carnival, I would rather see a mom using a leash on a kid than a kid getting kidnapped by a stranger.

  18. once.. I put my now almost 17 year old in a leash at an amusement park and never was just like a dog... i was getting tripped up or tripping other people.

  19. once.. I put my now almost 17 year old in a leash at an amusement park and never was just like a dog... i was getting tripped up or tripping other people.

  20. For those saying children are not animals so they'd never leash their children... You do realize animals were never meant to be domesticated or leashed, right? Animals were meant for the wild, we are the ones that leash them. Saying that, I do have a domesticated dog that I do leash (for other people's safety and his), and if I had a kid that refused to listen or was a runner, I'd leash them, too. As it was, my son was an only child in our home until a year ago, and so although he was a runner, I always was able to make sure he never escaped. If I had two like him, you better believe I would have put a "leash" on him (I"d rather call it a harness). We don't see anything wrong with strapping/harnessing them in a stroller, why would we see anything wrong with giving them a little supervised freedom with a backpack on and a harness to control the environment?! Do what keeps your child safe and stop worrying about what people think about it. Let your child have a little freedom to feel confident to walk "on their own."


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