This morning I was following the stalker feed on Facebook when I saw a comment regarding children and leashes. The comment said something to the affect of, "That disturbs me almost as much as parents who leash their children." So, of course, I mentioned something to Hans.
Having been a leashed child myself, and feeling as though I have not suffered any long-term side affects, I am all for a leash...especially in crowded, public situations. I don't feel that a leash is a way to drag your child around or force him to stay directly by you side. It is not meant to treat him like a dog (although that's not such a bad thing in my world) where he should always walk on you left side and sit when you stop. Rather, a leash is a way to keep him tethered to you. Should you have your arms laden with groceries, or should be in a crowded area such as a mall or fair, the leash guarantees that your child will not dart into traffic or wander off to find something more fun.
Hans, however, has a very different opinion on the matter. While he sees the positive side of leashing a child, especially in a situation like the farm building at the state fair, he thinks it odd and possibly detrimental to the well-being of a child. He says in situations like the mall or walking down the street one could simply hold their child's hand.
I, obviously, disagree. I don't feel that I've heard enough arguments (sound arguments, not just opinions) that would lead me to believe that leashing is bad. Just like with Cody, a leash in certain situations gives me a certain peace of mind. When Cody reached the point that I could trust him off-leash, I let him off-leash. Why would I not do the same with my own flesh and blood?
So, now I must ask, what are your opinions on the matter? Were you leashed? Did you leash your children? Do you wish you had? Do you wish you hadn't? Are you utterly opposed and why? Are you simply indifferent? Please share!