My daughter has recently become SO independent. She doesn't want to be told what to do, be in the stroller or even hold your hand. I have always told myself that I would never be a "leash" Mother, but I am. I just didn't know what to do about Quinn's desire to run wild and not listen to me at all. I didn't want to just sit in the house or any other small and confined area. So I went out and did what any borderline-psychotic-mother would do... I bought Quinn a backpack/leash. I believe the appropriate term is "kid harness". No matter the name, it is a leash. Even though many may be looking down on me for "trapping" my daughter to be right by my side at all times, it has really helped her have so much more freedom.
I wanted to test out her new "toy". We decided to go to a local mall since we both are already covered in bug bites! yikes! Quinn had on her new backpack. I had the leash/tail of her monkey in my hand. We walked the ENTIRE mall without any problems.(a huge circle, one floor mall... over 1 mile!) She actually held my hand the whole time. (as soon as she tried to let go, I would stop walking and she would say "con" (come on) and reach for my hand. I think that she felt like a big girl, being able to talk to me and point things out. I wasn't constantly stressing out about if she was going to let go of my hand and dart across the mall, room, whatever and she wasn't yelling "eht go" (let go) at the top of her lungs. I think that Quinn could tell how relaxed and comforted I was.
Anyway, Quinn's new backpack (Mommy sanity tool) is a little monkey. She thinks that it is Curious George... she calls him "joy". It is so cute. While at the mall, we stopped in the Bass Pro Outlet store. Wow, they have the best store for little kids. There were moose, ducks (stuffed) and lots of fish (alive). All in all it was a WONDERFUL day for my little girl. She loves to explore and be treated like a big girl.