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Friday, April 3, 2009

Aloha Friday


Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday.

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that they take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!


THIS WEEK'S QUESTION:


What do you think of those harnesses that are for children, you know the one's that look like leashes?

Would you use one on your child/or have you used one in the past?


I had a scare this week with Jillian running away from me, she thinks it is a game. The more I call after her and chase after her the faster she goes. She was running from me and turned to look at me, and ran off the sidewalk. Thankfully the driver of the car was watching her and had slowed right down as he approached, and I was able to scoop her up. But I was scared!

37 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I don't have kids, but I think the harnesses are sort of strange. However, I completely understand why parents use them.

Janet said...

My mum tells me that she had to use one on me when I was little, as I just used to up and off when we were out at the shops. I think that they're perfectly fine if used the way they're meant to be. At least you don't have to worry about little feet running off somewhere and we all know how QUICK they are! What a frightening experience!

Alicia said...

Good question! I used to think those things were ridiculous! I'm thankful that I never had to use one, but I can imagine that there are some children who could be hard to control.

Heather, aka Jake's Mommy said...

I have used one with Jake. But, it's more fun than a leash. For about $10, you can get one at Wal-Mart that is just a stuffed animal/backpack that has the attachable leash that looks like a tail. I have used it whenever we we're going somewhere that I knew my son would want to run off aka amusement parks and the mall. I think they're a great idea.

Upstatemomof3 said...

Honestly? I hate them. Aside from the fact that a child is not an animal and leashing them bothers me I think they give parents a false sense of security. I see kids on them all the time and the parent is paying no attention AT ALL. A stranger with a pair of scissors could snatch that kid in an instant!! Also, I have seen people dragging their kids behind them. Anything can happen if you pay that little attention. Sorry you had such a scare though!!!

East Coast Wahine said...

I never used them with my own children but my youngest dd used them with her daughter....the ones that strap on like a backpack. I think its a great idea as she used to run off on her own.

Jaime said...

i don't like the idea of them. and i've seen some really smart kids unclip themselves and run off anyway... i even watched one kid unhook himself and attach his leash to another kid!

Angie said...

I used one for my oldest child. I thought they were ridiculous before I had children. As a side note, I'm not a parent that don't watch their children. If anything my eye's are on them all time especially when were out in public. The thought of them running away scares me. I used it more when we were at places like the fourth of July celebrations when there are lot's of people, and kidnapping is always on my mind so I felt a little secure with it, but that wasn't an excuse to not watch him, b/c I did. He was a busy little man who love to run.

Lori said...

I haven't had the need to use them with my guys, but I know there are times when it is a necessary thing. I say if it would provide you some reassurance, and her some safety... who cares what others think?

Kelly said...

Your first concern is your child's safety so if this is going to help you keep her safe than I don't see a problem with it.Which would you rather have a person looking at you with a disgusted look for having her protected or a child who runs faster than you darting in front of a car?? I would take the disgusted look. Have a great Friday!

Kim said...

I used on with my four year old when we went to Disney World. I wouldn't have thought twice about not using it!

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West Texas Wife said...

I think the ones with the animal backpacks are cute! I know how quick the little ones can be and I will probley use one on my kid when we go to craft shows or big events at the rodeo. I have a fear of someone taking my child.... I don't think they are that bad. If it keeps your kid from running wild (like the one that you always see that you wonder where it's parents are!?!?!) then I think they are great. If it saves us from stressing than Heck ya put it on the kid!

Faith said...

I used to think they were totally ridiculous .. then I had kids. I've never personally used one (neither of mine were/are runners) but if they were, I'd use one in a heartbeat!

Mighty M said...

I wouldn't use one every day but I am okay with them in certain situations. We used one when we went to disneyland. Didn't end up using it much though. But I'll get it out again if I have too! ;-)

Toni said...

I have heard good and bad about them, we had a police officer come to a moms group once and he said they give a false sense of security, and that its actually easy for someone to get your kid with one, while your looking away thinking baby is there, the perp cuts it the cord and is off with the child- he said they have had many cases like this-.So I htink if you still keep your eyes on the chld and you have a very active chld- I have had four, never used a harness though- I could see why you might when going into crowded areas.

schnider_am said...

That would be a scary thing.

I honestly hate them and will never use one. I know diffrent parrents have diffrent reasons to use them but most of the time the parents that I see using them are paying no attention what so ever to their child. I personally think that those parents just use them so they can go shopping and not have to worry about watching their child. While that would be a nice thing to be able to do sometimes you still have to watch your child as a responsible parent.

Jenn(ifer) said...

Honestly, those harnesses are a bit odd to me. I sorta feel bad for the children that look like little animals. I can see the point of them...but I never used them with my boys.

Me said...

I think the stigma <-is that the right word, that comes with them is horrible. Having said that..I have two of them. One for each boy. Typically I let them wear them and just tuck the 'leash' in their own pockets. They don't particularly like being leashed to me, at this point it has become psychological. They know that if they don't stay close, I will hold be forced to take a hold of the 'leash'. I get a lot of dirty looks from mothers and others alike when I am in public. I just tell myself they have no idea what it feels like to lose a small child in a large department store or be dropped to your knees by a resistance of a 30lb 3 year old that 'doesn't want to hold your hand'. I think as mothers..only we know what is best for us and ours.

♥georgie♥ said...

I never used them but can see why some parents would...we live in a very different day and age from when i was a child...

Laurie in Ca. said...

I am from the old school here Pam. With twins, the first time they did that was the last. Scared me to death and they got a good smack on the butt. I know, most think that is horrible, but it scared me so much and surprised them when I did it, they didn't do it again. Just my two cents worth and heck, it was 35 years ago. Sometimes they really need to know that this is not acceptable nor funny. Hope I don't offend anyone here:) Love you girl.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

Randi Troxell said...

i dont have kids yet... but if i did and we were going somewhere huge with lots of ppl ... i have no shame, i would so use one, just to have a peace of mind!

Ali said...

i guess it would depend on the situation, I might end up using one if I really feel the need arises. I actually just saw this really cute one yesterday: The Love Handle and I bet you could make your own if you wanted, just a thought! =)

Simply AnonyMom said...

I used one. I got lots of stares. My son loved the freedom and I liked that he was still "in my hands" since I was holding the tether. I think there is a time and place for them and do not look down on them at all.

Toni said...

I would rather use one than have my child run into a crowd or parking lot. I have never had to but i am not opposed to them

TheAngelForever said...

I used to always think that I would never be one of "those" parents to use one. With my oldest he always was great and held our hands. He still does not dart away or wander from us (almost 6). My youngest (22 months) is VERY different. He wanders away, has a fit about holding hands, has no fear, and he darts quickly. After a scare in a store we went to Target and bought the monkey backpack/harness. He loves having his monkey and we love making sure that when he walks, he will be right with us. It is something we are definitely bringing with us to Disney World in a few weeks.

NateAndJakesMom said...

I had to read the comments because I know that there are parents who associate this with treating their kids like an animal. We have the one that is a backpack shaped as a monkey and I will tell you that with 3 kids, 2 under 2, I only have so many hands. If I want to go to my older son's football games I cannot hold one kid and keep my toddler from running off. I am a good mom, I discipline my kids but they are kids and thus don't know better. I don't use it as a baby sitter - I use it so that I don't lose my kid and/or he doesn't get hurt.

Sneaky Momma said...

Before kids, I never thought I'd use one. When we were at the zoo the other day, the thought of how we needed to buy some for our next trip was at the forefront of our minds!!! :)

jen@odbt said...

Luckily my kids aren't the ones that just take off but if they were then I could see using one since kids can bolt at any second. I do think they are kind of funny looking.

blueviolet said...

I never wanted to use those. I would be uncomfortable doing so but it's a personal opinion, I guess.

Kate said...

I have never wanted to use one of those leashes but if I had a child that was very hard to keep close to me and I was going to the mall or Disneyland or somewhere where I was probably going to lose him, I would definitely use one. Have a super weekend.

Yaya said...

TGIF Pam!

I know those "leashes" look wrong, but there are times and places for them. ie; airport, amusement park...gotta be useful!

Holly said...

I have not had to use one with my son but we've used one with our nephew. We were at Day Out with Thomas and it's just overrun with small kids. Nephew has autism and likes to run. So we wanted him to be able to have some freedom to move but still be with us.

Brea's Mommy said...

I use one for my daughter when we go walking! Mostly for the same reason you were talking about. She usually holds my hand but sometimes she just refuses or lets go to look at something. By the way when I say refuses I mean after we have already gotten half way down the road. Anyway this makes me feel a little safer!

Pamela Kramer said...

No and no but I everyone has to use methods they are comfortable with.

Jenners said...

Oooooo...how scary! We did use one when our son was smaller and just didn't listen. It was a cute little monkey harness .. it looked like a little monkey and he wore it like a backpack but there was a "leash" attached to it (the tail). He loved wearing it and we got so many comments on it -- people wanting to find out where we got it. (I've seen them at Wal-Mart -- they have a dog one too). It just helps when they don't know any better. We only used it in situations where it seemed necessary. And since it was cute, my son loved wearing it.

Megan said...

They may look goofy, but I say better safe than sorry. If you have one that looks more like an animal backpack or something I think that helps "distract" from it feeling / looking like a leash, too.

Heart of Rachel said...

I've never tried that on my child but I think it's alright because it prevents a child from wandering far especially in crowded areas.

I missed Aloha Friday this week. I'll make it up next Friday.