Before I had babies I was ridiculously judgmental about parents who put their kids on a leashes. "What do they think they're teaching their kids by putting them on leashes?!" I would say to myself, incredulously and as I looked down from my high horse. Now that I'm a parent, though, I'm confident I can explain the things you're teaching your kid when you put them on a leash.
Eventually, my babies became toddlers and my judgment faded as a whole new world of terrifying possibilities came into view. The boundaries of these possibilities were limitless, which included but were certainly not limited to: the possibility of my wandering toddler getting run over by a car, the possibility of my curious child getting squished by a life-sized Thomas The Tank Engine, and the possibility of me and my pregnant belly not being able to keep up with my toddler and, as result, they end up getting lost.
Because my toddlers were prone to wandering, my partner and I had a really hard time leaving the house with all of our children in tow. In fact, we were kind of housebound for at least two years. Being confronted with the question of "to leash or not to leash" was one of the first times I realized that sometimes you've got to make a decision that is truly best for your family and regardless of the optics. Besides, putting my kid on a leash actually allowed me to teach my kids a few valuable lessons, including the following: