become so HORRIBLY AFRAID of this??
Ok, so I know these things are super controversial and I won't pretend to be 'for' or 'against' them because I really do understand both sides of the coin... But the thing is, we've never used one of these. We bought one once when we were going to be in the Chicago airport and we wanted to make sure there was NO way for Kristopher to get separated from us while we were trying to haul luggage and a 2 yr old and an infant through the airport. But Kristopher wore it once and decided if he had 3' to get away from us he would be that 3' away ALL THE TIME and we never again tried to use it.
But for the last LONG while it has been in the garage, LOST. We loaned it to a friend that was taking her 2 yr old twins on a cruise and after that misplaced it and haven't seen it since. Mike just came across it today. Ironically, he came across it today after I spent the last week intentionally looking for it.
And today I decided I'd buy another- that we must have gotten rid of it. So now we have two. That Micah is horribly afraid of!
I didn't put it on him. He didn't even KNOW what It was for. I simply walked over to him while he was playing on the porch and he looked at it and broke out in HYSTERICS. Then I showed it to him for a second and decided he was going to have to get over it and I put it on him. Mean mommy, I know. He stood there with his arms out and screamed at the top of his lungs. I didn't laugh. I promise. But I thought about it! I did go alert Mike to the situation- he was just outside the sliders grilling burgers- and he came back in with me. We found that Micah's tongue was bleeding (he bites it regularly, so it wasn't a big surprise), and Mike thought that was the cause of the freak out. I begged to differ.
Later tonight Mike took the monkey over to Micah and as soon as he saw it HE FREAKED! Again! We played around with it, let Brianna wear it (who loves it, by the way!) and let him just hold it or let the kids hand it to him to play with... most of the time he was somewhat ok with it. But every once in a while... he freaked! LOL No, I'm not laughing... but seriously it WAS funny!
Well, we'll work on him here at home because it won't be very helpful to me in the parking lot to have my son freaking out about the monkey (without it even being anywhere NEAR him!). It also will not help me to cross the parking lot or take him into a store without the stroller. And that is the goal.. to have him learn to stay near me in stores rather than to wander. I thought the monkey would be more 'fun' than the traditional harnesses. Maybe not. *sigh*