So after spending a week in Disney World with my five-year old and nine-month old sons, I am amazed at the lack of control that parents have over their children. I don’t claim to be the strictest father in the world and my older son can be a little wild at times but I have never felt compelled to put him on a leash.
The sheer amount of children that were of age with my five-year old boy that I observed in numerous styles of leashes was astounding. My favorite ones were the backpacks that looked like animals. How could these lazy parents feel that leashing their child is better than either 1) raising them to not run away in crowds or 2) watching their kids instead of focusing on getting their next giant turkey leg from the vendors.
My son ran more than 15 feet away from us only once during the week in Disney World. I pointed out the first kid with a leash and told him that he would be on one if he ever did it again. Maybe I should thank those people for demonstrating the humiliation subjected to these poor kids by their lazy parents. Even at five, my son was so horrified by the leashes that he never strayed from us again.