Raising children nowadays can be a difficult endeavor in and of itself. Young parents must not only deal with family members’ comments, but also with random strangers on the internet commenting on their parenting methods.
Jordan Driskell is a twenty-five-year-old father of five quintuplets. His quintuplets are five years old. As you may imagine, caring for five children of the same age can be exhausting.
Especially at the age of five, when a child is inquisitive and enjoys exploring.
Jordan Driskell, a 31-year-old father, sought to find a creative solution to his situation. He purchased child-sized leashes to handle his rambunctious tiny kids when they were out in public.
Driskell previously possessed a 6-seat stroller that they used for their large family. However, that rapidly became tiring since the youngsters were bothered when they were inside it. The stroller was also quite inconvenient to transport.
This allows the little kids to explore their surroundings when the family goes out without their father losing sight or control of them, keeping them safe!
Driskell shared a video of the family’s trip to the aquarium, which drew a lot of criticism thrown at the parents.
The video of the youngsters on leashes quickly went viral, garnering over 3 million views. Hundreds of people remarked on how the youngsters should not have been leashed because they were not animals.
Others commented, “If you can’t manage the pressure, don’t have so many kids.”
Other offered disdain masked as advice, “Can’t you just properly train your children?” Discuss to them why fleeing is risky.”
Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a parenting and adolescent development expert, disagreed. She does not believe that a leash will make your child believe they are an animal. And, of course, if the alternative to a leash is to stay at home, the leash is a much better option!
A leash, according to Dr. Gilboa, is an excellent tool for controlling younger children or neuro-diverse youngsters in public. However, she stated that if a neurotypical youngster is not let out of the house by the ages of eight and nine, and thus has not developed their listening skills, this could be problematic.
By that time, parents should be able to properly interact with their children verbally rather than relying on equipment such as leashes.
Parents should have the freedom to parent the way they want without facing unneccesary judgement from society.
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