'I'm keeping this kid safe' Dad speaks out against judgement for putting his child on a leash

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A dad has hit back at strangers who give him 'dirty looks' for using a leash with his 'wild child', saying that the most important thing is 'keeping her out of danger'.

Dad-of-two Clint Edwards has taken to Facebook to speak out against the judgement he faces when using a leash with his daughter, claiming that he needs one because of her 'curious' nature.

Describing how the leash had already kept his little girl safe previously, the dad blogger said, 'We were at the farmers market. No shame. I put this kid on a leash.

'She's a wild child, and this thing has already kept her out of the road and from sticking her hand in an ice cream machine, along with keeping me sane.'

He continued to express his frustration at how he feels 'damned if you do and damned if you don't'.

'The real difficulty with having a wild child is that you are damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Because the fact is, if I didn't put Aspen on a leash while at amusement parks, the zoo, a crowded mall, or the farmers market, she'd be the lost child announced over the intercom.

'She'd be the kid popping up in every Facebook feed for wandering into a shopping center parking lot, unattended. She could be the child climbing into the tiger cage. Because I can't, for the life of me, keep her from moving.

'Her curiosity is incredible, and for only having a 12 inch stride, she moves faster than any Olympian.'

The No Idea What I'm Doing blogger explained that he feels judgement from others for using a leash with his child, but sees her safety as the priority.

'And sure, I get dirty looks from strangers. In fact, I'll probably get some "I'm the perfect parent and this is why you suck" comments on this post. And to you I say this, "I'm keep this kid safe while maintaining my piece of mind, and that is 100% worth it".

'Because the reality is she'll calm down. She'll figure it out, because all kids do. But until that day comes, I'm going to do whatever I can to keep her out of danger, even if it means a leash.'

Despite expecting some negative backlash on his post, the father was supported by fans who agreed that safety is most important when it comes to little ones.

One Facebook user said, 'This is a different world we're living in & I'd much rather see a child tethered to a backpack any day than lost or abducted. I travel a lot & I commend those brave parents that hold their heads high while clinching the leash. Safety never takes a holiday~ neither do child traffickers.'

Another agreed, 'used to be pretty judgy about those things. Then I had kids. Keep on keepin' on, man.'

A third said, 'Until those judgmental people have a runner or as you describe a child with a wild streak. They will never understand. Parents of truly spirited children just get it, no explanation needed.'

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I don't use a leash on my daughter but it would probably relieve a lot of stress if I did. Though I'd limit its use to certain environments, such as the giant street fairs they have here in NYC packed with people. In the park I'd just let her run wild. I think people have an association of leashes with dogs, and that's what the disapproval is all about. When you think of it logically - without that association - there's really nothing to disapprove of. If there were no such thing as dogs and therefore this association did not exist, I doubt a single person would give a disapproving look.


Totally necessary with little ones. I used reins even at a wedding and then a wrist strap. You cant be too careful. Well done.


I used a wrist leash on my daughter, gave me peace of mind. She was 15 months old and i had a new born so i knew how easy it was to get distracted while out and about. I explained to her why she had it on and she never seemed bothered by it.

Sonny Anyone

Kudos to that Dad. He should Never have to explain or defend if he loves his daughter because Everyone with eyes CAN see he does with the harness. My parents got divorced soon after my youngest brother was born which was in 1970. My Mom had to deal with 3 boys within a 4 year age difference. My 2 youngest, especially my middle brother, could take off in 3 directions at once and lo and behold over the K-mart speakers: "Will the parent of 2 striped 3 & 4 y/o boys, come to the lay-a-way desk." Seriously, they would grab Anything that made a mark; pens, crayons, markers, make-up (THAT one was hilarious), watercolor paints, mud from the garden center: and draw on everything; including each other. After the 4th time in as many trips to K-mart, one woman mentioned about the harnesses, they didn't have the more politically correct backpacks back then, but she bought 2 for my brothers. She clipped the leads to the cart and they had about 6-8ft of "freedom". If it wasn't for those harnesses, I might not have one or both brothers here today. Also since I was always the one in the basket, it gave me something to distract myself with. Well, whadya expect? I was 7 y/o, the oldest, stuck in the basket and could see when Mom looked away. I never said I didn't have "fun", now did I. haha


No Linda it is not. I used reins on my son when he was a toddler and graduated to a wrist leash when he got bigger. It's all too easy to be distracted for a few seconds and find that they have disappeared. Far, far better to be safe than sorry.


Mine had the type you put on there wrists, NEVERY went out with out them on, safety first, so I say good on you for doing it

calama aksar

well done to that caring father, there are so many wicked people about you have to be really careful, if you let her loose she could fall into any type of danger. I know its hard but try and ignore those people who are saying things about you your daughter,s safety is priority

linda maddison

is this really any differant to the reins i used on my 45 year old daughter when she was a toddler ?


You are doing a great job ensuring that your daughter is safe when you are out in public. You are a loving father who should not worry what others think, just be happy that your daughter is always safe. It is no one else's business how you care for your child as long as what you are doing is not abusive or dangerous and people need to stop trying to shame parents for their parenting methods just because it is not something they would use.

Elaine Browne

Whats the problem it keeps her safe


Good for you, Daddy! I'm a Granny of six - mother of two - and I fully understand and COMMEND what you are doing! Keep up the good work. XX

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