Oh, I know it is a subject of hot debate - Is it humane to put a child on a "leash"? Truthfully, I have been on both sides of this debate and I'm going to step out and tell you where I am with it at this very moment.
That is my son, tonight, at the mall. Yep, he is wearing the safety harness backpack with a cute puppy dog on it.
If you guessed that I am opposed to these silly devices, you were wrong.
Here's the thing. Crackers is a strong willed, independent young man. He loves to walk when we go out, but does not always pay attention to where we are. We are constantly encouraging him to keep up or slow down, depending on how excited he is. This is frustrating to him, and to his mama.
Monkey was (and still is) a hand holder. He is easy to keep close, because he holds on. Crackers wants nothing to do with holding hands. He cries and screams, "I WANT TO WALK" if he is forced to hold a hand. He feels like his freedom is removed when he has to be held.
With the "puppy backpack" (as we call it), he is able to walk independently. For the most part he appreciates this.
So, for the freedom and safety of my child, I have changed my thoughts about the safety harness. We will be using it when we go on walks in crowded places such as the mall or the zoo. We will not be using it when we are walking in the neighborhood or the forest trails.
What are your thoughts on safety harnesses? There is room for disagreement, but please be respect others, even in your disagreement.