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Minnie Driver Put Her Baby On A Leash—Is That OK?

Fri, March 11, 2011 4:09pm EDT by 26 Comments

Before I had a child, I thought this was terrible to do to your little one. Now, I understand — can you?

Actress Minnie Driver, 41, was spotted at the airport the other day with her son, Henry, 3, on a leash. Yes, a leash! These “child-harnesses” are specially-made to fasten around the torso of a toddler so a mother can keep the child from wandering away, or to protect them from getting snatched by a child molester. So is this whole concept super-smart—or kinda creepy??

Yes, toddlers are prone to wandering away from their mothers. But the hope is that most mothers of toddlers are so focused on their child that this wouldn’t be an issue! That’s what I thought, at least, until I was the mother of a toddler myself! I’d always thought these “child-leashes” were just wrong, but then I lost sight of my newly-walking son for just one second in a mall and that was the first time I ever thought of getting one of these things. I didn’t buy one in the end—I just could treat my son this much like a dog! But what do you think?

—Kim Gieske