I Put My Child On A Leash, And It Shouldn’t Be Controversial

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“Before I became a mom I would have been the person that said, ‘I will NEVER put my child on a leash, he’s not a dog!’

And then I became a mother.

I had someone comment today, ‘Look at her putting her kid on a leash…how terrible.’

Well, you see, a few years ago a gorilla was killed because a child had gotten into the enclosure.

A couple of years ago a 2-year-old died from falling into an African dog enclosure.

Children are abducted from their mother’s side every single day and it can happen in .2 seconds.

More than 2,000 children go missing every single day.

It is estimated that 1 in 6 children are likely a victim of sex trafficking.

Children run away from their parents and someone takes them and they never see their child again.

Before you judge me, imagine losing your child.

Imagine them being there one second and gone the next.

Hudson was able to walk around the zoo with us, enjoy his freedom, and also walk around with the safety of his backpack that he still thinks is pretty darn cool!

Today and every day, I choose safety because I love my children more than anything in this entire world.

I will gladly take a few awkward looks from strangers over never seeing his precious face again.”

Little boy wearing leashed dinosaur backpack
Courtesy of Desiree Hoye

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