Sunday, March 27, 2011

"Leashes" for kids

It seems like there is a 50/50 split between the, to leash or not to leash, crowd.
I've heard people say things like, "My child is not a dog, I would never put a leash on them!"
Yes, I agree, your child is not a dog. However, why do you put your dog on a leash when you go for a walk? Most likely to keep them safe and out of danger. Well, that's why a lot of parents choose to use a child harness (PC term), to keep their kids safe and out of danger.

I've always thought child harnesses made sense. When my brother was little my mom had a wrist strap, it velcro'ed to his wrist and then she held the other end giving him freedom to roam about. After searching on Amazon I was surprised to learn you can still buy that kind. Personally, I think the child harness that buckle over a child's chest are safer b/c they can't slip off and your child can't hurt their arm if they pull too hard. Oh, and it's NOT like a dog leash/collar b/c it's not going around the child's neck.

Child harnesses, like so many things, need to be used for the right reason, the parent that drags their child along is not (imo) using them for the right reason.
I think this article really sums things up well.

I love what she say here:
"Parenthood is hard, and complicated, with curve balls coming at you all the time. Every parent chooses his or her own solutions to problems. Just because someone’s solutions are different from ours doesn’t mean they are wrong."

I think it would do everyone good to keep that in mind in all areas of life!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Enjoying the silence

I love the quiet time I have after I've put E to bed before N comes home.
It's my time when I can sit and enjoy the silence, no one needs to be fed or change, no one is practicing their screaming, the kitchen is clean and the laundry is waiting to be folded and while I will be getting up in just a few minutes to start supper for N, switch over the laundry, and pick up the bathroom from E's bath for now it's peaceful ad quiet and I wouldn't have it any other way.