I was unsure of what to write about this week. However, while I was walking through the mall with some friends, I saw a woman walking with her child on a leash. I found this to be absolutely absurd. Women are putting their dogs in strollers and children are being walked on leashes? What kind of world are we living in?
It is understandable that mothers want to teach their children how to behave well. Personally, I think that if a child is wandering around, it is up to you to keep your eye on them, run after them, and teach them not to do those things. These are the basic skills of parenting. When you treat a kid like an animal, chances are they will behave like one. Manufacturers of these child harnesses have begun to attach backpacks to the leashes that have stuffed animals on them. Is this trying to make the child feel like less of a pet and more like a child?
37-year-old Melissa Catherine Smith-Means caused an uproar on the internet when she dragged her child on a leash through a Verizon store, and someone caught it on tape. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/03/woman-drags-child-on-leas_n_250033.html?page=5
While leashes are accepted worldwide as a means of restraining animals, should we allow them to be used on humans? And to add to the craziness, I often find myself going up to a stroller to see what the baby looks like and finding myself staring at a dog. I use to find it cute when I would see a woman walking around with a small dog in her bag, but a stroller is getting a little out of hand. Aren’t dogs supposed to be walking on all fours and getting their exercise? I can’t help but think about what our world is coming to. Children are not pets and pets are not children.