Toddlers on Leashes: Genius or Judgement?

February 28, 2024 10:15 am in by

In the whirlwind world of parenting, where little tykes seem to have the speed of Usain Bolt and the stealth of a ninja, one mum’s inventive solution has set the online world abuzz – and not all the chatter is cheering. Enter Rachel Butcher, a superhero mum in her own right, who has devised a clever method to keep her turbocharged toddler from giving her the slip in crowded spaces. Picture this: a backpack adorned with reins that lovingly keeps her son in tow, quite literally.


You can really yank them around

♬ original sound – Luke Donkin

Despite the “running like there’s a sale at the toy store” pace of her nearly three-year-old adopted son, Rachel has faced her fair share of judgmental glances and not-so-whispered criticisms. Why? The dreaded “leash” debate. However, our intrepid mum isn’t lacing up her sneakers for a pity party. Instead, she’s racing to the defence of safety and sanity, sharing her story with a blend of humour and heart.

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@theclairenecessities She’s a runner she’s a track star 🏃‍♀️ #toddlermom #sahm #childledwalk ♬ original sound – Claire Edwards

The conversation takes an even juicier twist with the tale of Jordan Driskell, a dad outmanoeuvring the chaos of quintuplets with similar leash-style backpacks. The sight of his mini convoy sparked a social media firestorm, drawing comments that ranged from critical eye rolls to cheers of support for his child-wrangling prowess.

@grace.bonjibon #stitch with @1minutetalkshow #greenscreen Nancy did the right thing. #leash #childhood #90skids ♬ original sound – Grace Bonjibon

Jokes aside, the thread weaving these stories together is clear: in the marathon of parenting, sometimes love looks a bit unconventional. Whether it’s keeping sprinting toddlers at arm’s length or ensuring a quintet of cuties doesn’t stage a great escape, the goal remains the same – safety first, sanity a close second. And for those sideline critics? Perhaps it’s time to recognize that parenthood is not a one-size-fits-all race. After all, each family’s course is unique, with its own hurdles, hand-offs, and finish lines.