Originally Posted by katiemae1277
I think she's implying that if this could happen at home, then it can happen anywhere, and out in public might be a far more dangerous situation
Yes, that's what I was trying to get across, thank you. I was trying to use more humourous stories than the traumatic ones I have (from other families I know -- where the parents are good, attentive parents and bad things still
happened when they weren't looking for just one second
I, personally, did not find the experience of being "leashed" traumatic, dehumanizing or humiliating. Neither did my sister, or any of the other number of people I know whose parents did this. I can understand how others might not agree with this, but I believe it's unfair to call those of us who do
think leashing our children is a good idea inhumane, abusive or "bad parents."
I intend to be a good, attentive, careful mother; however, I am fallible. I already worry about the potential for one of my cats to break past us and escape out the front door, and so I do everything humanly possible to ensure that this doesn't happen. But accidents do
happen, and so I worry about that. Likewise, although I plan on watching my future children as carefully and attentively as I can, I have to prepare myself for that one awful moment when I look away -- just for a second
-- and something happens. I am hoping
that, by using a leash or a harness, I can minimize the likelihood of this happening.