This weekend I became the lady that walks her kid on a leash.

We’ve been having more and more trouble with Isaac when we are out and about. He is now downright vaudevillian in his stroller performing thrilling stunts while making outdoor mobility near impossible. A few people suggested getting a leash for him. My mother has been suggesting it for over a year, but every time she said “you need a leash for that boy!” I thought she was joking. I didn’t want to get one because it’s embarrassing to have your kid on a leash. And, I didn’t see how it would help. It seemed like he would be even more likely to tear apart the grocery store.

And then I talked to Marlorie, my friend who also is a pediatrician. I was just about to tell her that I’d been getting him to stay in his stroller by funneling him candy, when she suggested the leash. I tried to tell her how it wouldn’t work, but she works with skeptical parents like me every day. I was no match for her logic. Walk him to the store on the leash, she said, and THEN put him in the stroller. He’ll have gotten the exercise he needs on the walk and he’ll be much more likely to stay in his stroller in the store. And it clicked. A leash would work. A leash would not only make my daily errands easier, it would salvage my relationship with Isaac and prevent tooth decay from all that candy bribery.

And so, my friends, we have a leash. It’s a little lion backpack with a long tail and it works great. It works much better than holding his hand and WAY better than chasing him down the sidewalk. Plus he loves it. He acts like he is getting away with something cheeky. He runs and jumps and hops around, smiling big. I was really worried about the reactions we’d get on the street. But he’s so stinkin’ cute hopping down the sidewalk that he’s getting more smiles and chuckles than ever before. Several people stopped me to ask where they could get one!

I am really glad it’s working out.

In other news:
Andrew could do this all day long:

And the boys got an elaborate train track set up on Friday:

And what’s remarkable about that is not so much the set-up, but that they were playing with it together with a whole elaborate plot and everything. Imaginative play! We’re getting somewhere with it! Not once did Andrew remind me that his trains couldn’t really talk and that they were toys, after all. He just went with it! Hooray!

Alright. That’s all I got for ya.
Have a lovely Monday!

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About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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13 Responses to weekend

  1. Miss Vicki says:

    Great pictures. Isaac looks sooooo happy! He loves the freedom. What is it Andrew could do all day-math?

    • robyn says:

      Thanks, Mom. Yup. Math worksheets. ;) Well…he probably couldn’t do them all day…but he sure likes them a lot!

  2. erin cherry says:

    There’s no shame in a toddler leash! Better safe than sorry. Its dangerous to let him run around untethered. Henry has the same little backpack leash. His is a teddy bear and the other day I saw a little girl walking with a monkey leash on. They don’t look at all punitive or crazy, just a gentle way of protecting your child.

    BTW – I showed some pictures of your boys to Peter (who shows zero interest in other people’s children) and he said “Wow, they look like catalogue models!” So there you have it – objective proof that you have good-looking kidos.

    • robyn says:

      Erin! I am so glad to hear that you have one too! I don’t know anyone that has a kid leash! What a relief!

      Awww….shucks, that Peter. What a nice guy. They are cute kids…but…it could very well be the photography that brings out their cutest features. ;)

  3. Ruth says:

    Over here in the UK, we call them reins and they are very popular! No shame in using them at all. The one where you tie it around your child’s wrist is another matter, however …

  4. robyn says:

    Yay! Ruth! Good to hear from you!

    Yeah, I would think the wrist would be a little harsher feeling on the kid’s end. I’m really, really surprised they are so popular! It just feels so odd. It feels very “I’m walking a dog.” you know? I guess I’ll get over that in time!

  5. Erin says:

    I felt the same as you before I had children. I used to look down my nose, and think I will never do that. HA! Then I had kids and all the snotty thoughts I had about parents came back to bite me! My Jesse is 27 months, and we have to use a leash with him. We have a little backpack one. Once his feet hit the ground, he charges ahead (straight!) and I swear, I would still be chasing him across some state somewhere if he wasn’t on a leash. We couldn’t hold his hand – he would fight and fight. With the leash, everyone is safe and happy. I still feel funny doing it, but oh, well! It helps to know others feel the same.

    • robyn says:

      nothing like having kids to make you take another look at the snotty thoughts! ;) Me too, Erin! Me too.

  6. Melissa says:

    The leash makes so much sense. I think I would have a ridiculous amount of anxiety if I had to get around in the city w/ 2 active small children everyday. It makes SO much sense.

  7. We had one like yours for Mayhem. Only it was a dog. Mayhem always asked to wear the thing when we went out. “Don’t forget my puppy” he’d say. I think it is just sensible with some kids

  8. Amy says:

    I am also a ‘leash’ Mum, it was my saving grace and I am so thankful my Mum suggested it to me. My boy was a livewire toddler, and is now a livewire seven year old … the leash would still be handy but I had to drawn the line somewhere! ;-)

    • robyn says:

      Amy, I keep wondering how long we’ll use it with him! And when it sort of becomes inappropriate…it is tempting to just keep using it into the teen years. ;)

  9. Plume says:

    As soon as that first pic popped up I just thought How cute is he! If it makes life easier for you, rock it! He looks very happy, and you’re relaxed, so that’s what matters.

    My son is just as yours, he needs to get some energy out. I started doing that a time ago, whenever he fights to get into the stroller when we need to go out, I just let him walk first, and after a while he either asks to go on the stroller himself or if I ask him he complies, no fuss. He thankfully now holds my hand without a problem, even asking for it if I let go for some reason. But a few months ago I couldn’t set him down without him darting onto oncoming traffic.

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