A time warp post!
Yesterday, as I walked Austin to school, he ran up a few feet ahead of me. (He stays on the sidewalk and jogs up to the school doors where he waits for me to come and walk in with him. I only allow him to do this on our way to school since he is familiar with the area. He likes to walk on the sidewalk beside me or in front of me because he knows it is "safe".) As I was walking behind him yesterday, I had a flash enter my mind from the past, "the toddler leash". My, my, how far Austin has come from those days.
I am not sure if you have seen these little "leashes" or "harnesses" that they have for kids. I used to have one for Austin. It looks just like a leash, a opening on one end for me to hold onto and the other end wrapped around Austin's wrist and secured with velcro. This little device saved Austin so many times I cannot even give you a number ... too many to count! I used to put it on him when we would go shopping, out for a walk (sometimes) or to car shows. He would take off running and sometimes right out into the street in front of our house (we were very lucky that there was very little traffic on our dirt road), so it was the only way we could keep him safe. The looks we got, I cannot even tell you ... sigh ... Then one day, an older man came up to my husband at our local car show and said that he thought that it was a really smart thing! Really? Someone actually understood that we were trying to keep Austin safe. Even if it was just one person, it was reassuring that someone "got it"!
I do not see these little wrist "leashes" anymore. They have a new PC version, a harness. It is carefully disguised as a backpack where the child can walk in front of you and it is not as evident that the child is really attached to the parent, it just looks sort of cute. Either way, despite what people may think of you, I recommend them for children who wander or run. Someone asked my opinion a while back about her getting one for her child, who would walk off and run away from her. I said, "Go buy one!" I told her about the little backpack harnesses they have now and told her not to care what people thought. Would she rather have her child safe on a harness or have them run into the street where they could get hit or killed by a car? Easy answer when it is put to a parent in that way.
I am glad that I took such precautions with Austin years ago and it was at the suggestion of my mother in-law believe it or not. I was not receptive to the idea at first because I was worried what people would think. I did not see any other children "attached" to their parents. The thought of Austin being harmed by not protecting him, changed my mind very quickly.
All the best! *HUGS* :)