My 2 year old is not a quiet, shy, stay-close-to-mom type of kid. We go to the store and he's running off the second we get in, we take a walk and he's running towards the road even if it's busy, and, basically, I can't take him anywhere without spending half the time we're there just chasing him down and trying to make him stay with me. It's exhausting. It finally got to the point where I stayed home like a recluse because I am so tired of being THAT mom chasing her screaming kid around the store and wearing that embarrassed, worn out, pissed off look every time I try to get out of the house. So, I broke down and got one of those harnesses with a leash attached that looks like a stuffed dog and it's soft and fuzzy and all that jazz. I didn't think it was a huge deal. We had to have one for my little brother (he has Asperger's and when he was a little kid, he would just wander off if you weren't keeping your eye on him every second and he couldn't ask for help because he could barely talk until he was about 8). The first day I tried it out, we went to the store to get some new mixing bowls and some shorts and t-shirts for him to wear now that it's getting a little warmer. A lady walked up to me and basically said, "Shame on you for being so cruel that you would put a harness on your baby! He needs freedom to walk around!"
The leash part is pretty long. He can walk around, he just can't run off through the aisles and try to hide in the clothes like he would normally do. Am I really such a bad mom for getting a child harness/leash to keep my 2 year old from running off in the store anymore?