Children on leashes

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What it is:

Four photos, ranging in size from 4.5 x 2.75 inches to 3.5 x 3.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Nothing!  All undated and unidentified.


I remember being startled the first time I saw a child on a leash, and I’ve always assumed it was a modern parenting tool.  These photos prove me wrong.

14 comments on “Children on leashes”

  1. There was an interesting study done in 1993 by Duke University pertaining to adult habits of those who were leashed as children. A statistically significant number of them were found to be involved in a sadomasochistic lifestyle. In addition many were found to be stealing food from their dogs. Also, many preferred to pee and defecate outdoors, and their dating habits were bizarre in terms of invading personal space and sniffing. Many, many first dates only.
    Matt, this has been 10 seconds of your life that you will never get back 🙂

  2. Wow. I am not a fan of the child on the leash technique. I had no idea it was something that has been around for a while.

  3. Actually, I was a child on a leash. I have no memories of it, but my mother assures me that it really set her mind at ease when we were in crowds. Unlike a little hand that can slip away from you, a leash can get looped around mom’s wrist. I think Matt can attest that I grew up a productive member of society and relatively un-encumbered by any crippling neuroses!

    • Hey, Kathryn! Thanks for the comment. My mixed feelings stem from the initial reaction that it looks like children are being treated like animals, and that parents need to learn to control their children better. On the other hand, a toddler in a crowd really IS hard to control, and the security that comes from a leash is probably safer for everyone in the long run. And yes, I can attest that if leashing a child results in an adult that is as creative, productive, and well-adjusted as Kathryn, then all children should be leashed! 🙂

      • Thanks, Matt! Children on leashes are just like pets on leashes. As long as they are not hauled around and mis-treated, neither critter suffers! 🙂

  4. Growing up in England, this was a common sight. I can remember my brother in one. It was a safe way to walk more than one toddler without the risk of one of them suddenly running into the road. It also kept us in the vicinity of my mother, but we were able to run around with a bit of autonomy at the same time.

  5. Horrors (with apologies to Kathryn and Allison, and their mothers, who are undoubtedly lovely people). When I can’t contain my kids I bring another adult. Or don’t go. Or mostly I carry them.
    I’m sure leashed kids grow up fine. It just looks despicable.

    • I think how it looks is a big part of people’s objections. The kids don’t necessarily feel mistreated, but the mothers feel it looks like they can’t properly discipline their own children, like the leash indicates a problem parent more than a problem child. It’s so interesting to get such diverse opinions!

  6. Yes I did not realize either its been around that long. It reminds me of a Modern Family episode 🙂

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