Can anyone tell me when this started happening? I remember these things from when I was a kid and people were scrapping over them in toy stores. I remember that my cousins had one and when the batteries started to die it sounded like a demon from hell.

Why are these things back? Are we really that much of a lost society that on top of just remaking movies from 20 years ago, now we’re going to just re-release the same damn toys? And the poster says you cab pre-order it…so that means they’re anticipating crazed parents and spoiled rotten children duking I out in the aisles again. Sigh…

The Perfect Accessory for Any Child?

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Today, while I was stopped at a red light on my way to work, I saw something that, to me, was intriguing.  A young mother taking her dog for a walk, properly on a leash.  What intrigued me was the fact that toddling along behind her and the dog, was a child…also on a leash.  Not only was this tiny human attached to the end of a leash, but she was BEHIND the mother and the family pet on the walk.

Now, I’m not a parent so I know that I have no real idea how hard it is to raise one; to watch what it’s doing every second and make sure they’re not wandering off or darting into traffic, but really…a LEASH? It just seems like the quick and lazy way out.  Your child is full of energy and running all around?  Well then, just hook it to your arm with a leash from your local pet store and you’re good to go!

Okay, I know that it was probably a government approved, safety-tested, specific to humans kind of leash, not available at your local Pet Smart, but still, not really all that different either.

On the other hand, something like this is the perfect solution to one of the biggest irritations in this day and age.  Unmonitored kids running around in shopping malls and other public areas with no apparent supervision from an adult of any kind.  I’m not talking about a kid that’s wandered a few feet away from Mommy and is playing with the toys on the shelf or something.  I’m referring to the fact that I’m seeing more and more kids just zipping around the stores at breakneck speeds, screaming at the top of their lungs and there is no parent in site at all.  Note even keeping an eye on them from a distance.

Not only is it one of the most annoying things about doing any shopping lately, but it’s downright irresponsible and dangerous.  Anyone could nab one of these kids as they’re running by and take off, which would make it quieter for the rest of us, but is ultimately bad for the child.

I think hooking all those little buggers up to a leash and attaching it to the table in the food court is the perfect solution to multitudes of kids running around, bumping into people who are standing in line, screeching at the tops of their lungs and basically interrupting everyone’s day.  That is, of course, except for their parents who are sitting around and enjoying themselves thoroughly as they converse with each other and ignore their offspring.

I’ve seen some kids run up to strangers and bother them blatantly and their parents didn’t even notice.  I even once saw a kid get completely outside the food court and end up halfway down one of the halls before his mother sighed like it was the biggest irritation ever and stomped off after him.

Seriously, if you don’t want to watch your kid when you’re out in public, hire a damn babysitter.  And here’s a fact that some parents don’t seem to understand: if you can’t get a babysitter, sometimes you just have to go without and take care of your child.  That’s what happens when you have one.  You are responsible for a life for many years after their birth and that’s just the way it is.

So if you can’t actually take the time to pay attention to your kid, apparently there are child friendly restraints available on the market.