An Ethical Question
April 10th, 2010
The question of the day is this: Does treating your toddler like a dog somehow constitute improper parental behavior?
My answer: not if she likes it.
Case In Point #1: The Toddler Leash.
My mom recently purchased a toddler harness with leash for Miss Mouse (at my request). It’s basically a backpack with a chest strap (so she can’t get it off) with a nice long leash to hold on to. I think it’s the best thing since sliced bread, but I just know the first time we take her out in public with it, we’re gonna get some Looks from Concerned Citizens who suspect we are mistreating our daughter.
But here’s the thing. Wearing that sucker really is going to make outings more enjoyable for her (and for me) because it will give her the freedom to walk around without having to hold my hand or be cooped up in the stroller.
Plus, she likes it. Loves it, really. Her backpack is her new favorite toy and she spent much of the afternoon charging proudly around the living room in it, with the leash tossed jauntily over her shoulders.
Case in Point #2: The Dog Crate
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