Do we really live in a world where we have to harness our toddlers and clip them to ourselves? I find that this practice is not only embarrassing, but also potentially dangerous. Heaven forbid that you wander into one of those Cabbage-Patch-Doll-style sales and the leash gets caught in the cross fire. You and the unsuspecting child could be literally dragged through the aisles. Or, perhaps my favorite of all leashed children locations, what are the dangers of attaching yourself to your child on a ski slope? You see this with alarming regularity. I suppose the idea is based on some notion of safety, but quite the contraire is the actual result. What are the chances of that very leash clotheslining a fellow skier? Quite high, I would say. And once again, you find yourself and the animal-child dragged off to your doom as a result.
The child leash is so wrong, I don't see how anyone could have ever thought it was right.