I know in the past (before I had a wandering three-year-old with too much energy and no peripheral vision) I used to sneer at those parents who had their children on a "leash" in public, but after public fiasco after fiasco (Leighton's running circles around Mark at the grocery store and Leighton's running into random strangers at the Mall of America), I have come to realize that value in a child leash. Sure, they disguise the leashes as backpacks, but yes, they in fact are still leashes.
I busted out the backpack leash at the zoo, and boy was I glad I had it! It worked perfectly. Sure, some people almost got clothes-lined, but it sure helped me reign in my little guy as we all suffered in the heat, humidity, and chaos. When your toddler refuses to hold anyone's hand, heel, or stay by the stroller, extreme measures need to be taken. Did people give us the "look" of disapproval at the zoo? Probably. To that I say, "Mind your own business; at least my child isn't running loose like an animal!"
And speaking of the zoo, at any given moment if you looked around there was a child with a crabby or crying face and an adult at his or her wit's end. Why do we put ourselves in these positions - the ones where we pay to suffer? Near the end of our trip through the zoo, we found ourselves just trying to survive. When we finally stopped for lunch and had been revived, we looked out the window to see some poor mother sitting with her little boy as he was crying and abusing his piece of pizza with plastic utensils. We knew exactly what she was thinking, and we knew exactly how she felt... it was how we all felt.
The cafeteria was filled with the alternating cries of various children and parents questioning their decision to make the trip to the zoo on a Saturday morning. Why do we do these things to ourselves? Well, as tiring as it is for us and as deluded as we are in our thinking that it is creating fond memories, it wears the little ones out even more so we can maybe get a little more time to ourselves on the weekend as they take extra long naps.... and to that, let everyone say AMEN!
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Cyndi M. Frick
This lifestyle blog is my outlet to share and advise about the things I love. I always have an opinion!