Honestly, I have long been holding off on this post. Maybe because there’s two sides to this and each parent can choose only one. I didn’t write this post to say that I’m right or which side you should be on but for me this makes my life so much easier plus it gives me peace of mind. Pretty much like breastfeeding, eh? Well, not so much.
When Jack Jack learned how to walk, I knew I was in for some chasing. It’s a fun thing to do IF you are playing and NOT when you are trying to accomplish something.
Kids do not understand yet the safety issue behind wandering off or running away from a busy parent. They think everything is just a game.
I remember how much of a fright I gave my Mom when she lost me when I was 10. I have a great sense of direction that I am too confident that I could find her even if I go in another part of the mall. Stubborn kid equals stubborn adult. I have never lost Jack Jack in a public place (well, not long enough to scare me though) but I am pretty sure my face would lose all the colors in the world should it happen. *Knock on wood*
Some might judge me for putting my kid on a harness or that I should hold his hand when outside but that is just not going to be possible for me. I need more assurance than that. My husband and I run a household without help so we’re pretty much on our own when we’re out most of the time. There are times that I do errands alone with Jack Jack and he’s a very independent kid that he could ran away easily from me. With all the
horrors rumors of child-organ trafficking in our location and with the holiday rush, it scares me terribly to lose sight of him for even a few seconds.
Jack Jack loves his monkey harness that he likes wearing it when we’re outside. Maybe because of the cute monkey that it is – he loves Curious George! So putting it on him is not a problem at all.
Most of the time I don’t use the harness. My kid just wears it like a bag and I can easily hold on to the shoulder straps. FYI: he also prefers to have his hands free.
I don’t want to play hide-and-seek or Where’s Wally when all I wanted to do is finish a day’s errands. So I think I would rather take people’s criticisms than deal with a lost child.
Do you have additional tips on kid’s security when outside?
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