Before I had a toddler of my own, I was quite critical of products that physically bound (or attached) parent and child together. For instance the child leash (or harness) - the one that resembles the one used for dogs? (You've seen them around).
Whenever I saw parents using them, I was instantly judgmental, I felt it was demeaning to the child and demonstrated the parents' lack of responsibility. But, I have come to know better since! While I still don't like the look of the leash, I found a device that offers the same sense of security, but with a little more dignity for both child and parent intact. It's called the Anti Lost Wrist Link.
My own child is an energetic 4 year old and with the summer season in full throttle, I plan to attend many festivals and venture to a number of destinations where crowds are just part of the fun! I want to diminish any amount of worry from that experience as much as possible!
I had such an experience recently when I visited Niagara Falls with my child for the first time. The Anti Lost Wrist Link came in handy . As you can imagine, it's easy to get your hands full when you are out in public with a child that is old enough to walk around without a stroller - (also, depending on where you are, a stroller can be quite the headache). I found the Anti Lost Wrist Link added a bit of safety assurance.
What I like most about the link is the fact that I was wearing it on my wrist too. We were equally bound. The length of the link was enough for both of us to walk freely, with extra hands available for ice cream, toys and photography! At Niagara Falls, my toddler busied herself with a bubble machine which required both hands in order to generate enough power for bubble production!!
While it obviously does not replace parental responsibility or reduce the number of eye rolls from passersby - it does give you the option of a free hand under some circumstances. Nothing can replace the watchful eye of a parent - a child can still run into the street while bound to mom or dad. It's just an extra tool to add onto your safety measures while in crowded and busy places.
It's definitely better than a makeshift link from a scarf (or some other rope) or mere hope that you're child won't let go of your purse when your hands are full! Oh, and if you're hands are suddenly free, you can easily hold hands without having to unbuckle.
It's definitely something you'll see me use throughout festival season! After all, every parent deserves a little peace of mind wherever it comes from! And each parent's got to do what is best for them and their child. Feeling safe and being safe is all that matters!
Spending quality time with my daughter and giving her my undivided attention is something I strive to do each and every day. It's easier said than done in this era of rapid change and fast paced life.
One day my daughter and I were singing and playing games. I heard a notification on my cell phone, and went to check it out.
"Put it away!" yells my daughter.
I froze and put the phone slowly down. I felt both ashamed, and sad. Being a child in this high-tech, fast-paced era must kinda suck. I mean, people generally tend to have short attention spans, ( ....most people probably stopped reading this ten seconds ago..?), they would rather watch a short ten second video or a photo with a short catchy caption.
Anyway, I am not perfect...but I try to be mindful and not do too much (checking emails, texting, and social media) --but it happens. And when it does, I am glad that my little one is able to speak up- truly a proud mommy moment for me!
Below is a little poem, told in the voice of a growing child.
"As I Grow"