Sunday, October 28, 2012
This is it. This is my secret weapon. This is how I manage to get out of the house with two kids.
Lucy does not like strollers or shopping carts-- she'll tolerate either for 5 minutes tops. And it's that very reason that we have yet to buy a double stroller. I refuse to make that kind of investment knowing she'll only sit in it for 5 minutes before she opts for her froggy back pack. The girl likes to move. And the leash lets her do just that. She has her independence, and I have my peace of mind. I always offer her my hand, but, sometimes, she just isn't in the mood for hand-holding.
Casey spotted the leash on the clearance rack at Target right after Park was born. At first we laughed, "Haha, those are so stupid." But then we put it on Lucy...and it was crazy cute. So we bought it. Turns out, it was the best $4 we ever spent... Lucy tears through the diaper bag until she finds Froggy, and drags it everywhere with her; she hides her gummy snacks and sun hat in it. And I find myself using it for most outings.
Anyone that dismisses a child leash as "bad" or "lazy" parenting clearly has not had to cross a parking lot with a rowdy toddler and a newborn. And anyone that deems a stroller as a "more humane child restraint" is just silly-- strollers and leashes serve the same purpose. A child leash (or safety harness, for the politically correct) is essential for parents of 2U2.