My sister can't go to the store anymore for fear her precocious toddler will take off running. It happened last week as she was checking out. Munchkin was there and then he was gone, running as only a two-and-a-half year old child can do, legs and arms a-flailing.
The other day when she picked him up from the sitters', he got away from her, sprinting toward a four-lane busy road, giggling all the way, with my poor pregnant sister in tow trying to keep him from running out into traffic.
When we went to the mall a couple weeks, he took off down the mall. It was like a scene from "Born Free." He just kept running and running without a care for where he was going. While in the stores, he would disappear and you could only keep track of him from his giggles or when he yelled out "Mommy, I get lost." The only way we could keep him from running off was by letting him help my push Peanut's stroller.
So now my sister thinks she needs to tether her son with a wrist cord.
She used to judge those parents who did that, but now, she is that parent, fearful that in a blink of an eye, her kid will be in the middle of traffic or snatched up.
My sister is a watchful parent. She's not neglectful by any means. She just can't keep Munchkin in a stroller because he throws a fit or gets himself out.
Almost a year ago, I offered to buy her one of those backpacks that the kid wears and it has a leash that the parent holds. Everyone in my family, including my husband, told there was no way I should ever buy it, that I was awful for even thinking such a thing. I think it my sister's heart of hearts, she was hoping I would buy it so that she wouldn't have to do it.
Now, she's afraid not to have one.
So what do you think? Would you use something like this to keep your kid safe? Do you have any other ideas?