Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Kids on a Leash?!?!?
So today I was in Barnes and Nobles and I noticed this dad drinking his coffee and reading a book while yelling at his kid. Now I can understand if your child is misbehaving, this happens to me all the time. You need to stop and redirect them. However, what really bothered me is that this man had his child on a leash. I have seen it before, but for some reason it just hit me wrong today. How demeaning is that to your child?!!? What the? I mean he wasn't even letting his boy (who was about 4 years old!!!!) read a book or play at the little train station toy place. He was doing what HE wanted to do, in the time HE wanted to do it. Isn't having your child on a leash a great method for authoritarian parenting, or maybe just submissive parenting, either way it is demeaning. Maybe I am being judgmental, but this guy probably should have resorted to getting a dog instead of a child.