Let’s face it, parenting is no easy feat, and each has their own ways of handling their curious, and sometimes high-energy children. For one parent in Oregon, his way of handling his “wild child” is to use a leash, a move that has sparked a great deal of commenting.
Clint Edwards, 34, is a father of three children: 10-year-old Tristan, seven-year-old Norah, and three-year-old Aspen. He also runs the blog “No Idea What I’m Doing: A Daddy Blog.”
A few months ago, a post on his Facebook page received over 4,000 mixed comments on his parenting method—by putting a leash on Aspen. Edwards, however, is firm in his decision, and he wrote: “I’m keep this kid safe while maintaining my piece [sic] of mind, and that is 100% worth it.”
On why he puts on the leash, Edwards wrote, “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.”
“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,” he continued.
“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,” he added.
He told ABC News of a family trip to Disneyland when Aspen almost ran into trouble. “I’m glad we did because she almost took a dive into the pond at It’s a Small World. She’s very curious and not afraid of as much and runs wherever she wants to go. I don’t want to lose her,” he said.
After his story was posted on Facebook, some netizens could relate to him while others could not.
“Putting your child on a leash says a lot about your knowledge of parenting, discipline and unrealistic value of safety parameters and you should be judged,” one netizen wrote.
However, another supported Edwards, “I used to be pretty judgy about those things. Then I had kids. Keep on keepin’ on, man.”
Are you in favor of Edwards’s method?
Photo credit: Facebook | No Idea What I’m Doing: A Daddy Blog.