Jordan Driskell has received backlash for walking his 5-year-old quintuplets on a leash in public.
Jordan, 31, believes that youngsters are naturally inquisitive and want to explore. A leash is used by the family for their own peace of mind and protection. It also allows them to go out of the house and undertake enjoyable family activities without feeling pressured.
Driskell and his wife, Briana, 34, have five children: Zoey, Dakota, Hollyn, Asher, and Gavin. They used to have a 6-seat stroller.
The Kentucky father remarked that it was simply too large and ridiculous to transport anywhere. In addition, when they go somewhere busy, children prefer to wander. A leash permits them to do so while still maintaining control. It’s a hit with them.
Driskell received widespread scorn after releasing a video of the quintuplets on a leash during a day trip to an aquarium. The video was released last year, but it has just recently gone viral, with over three million views so far.
“They are humans, not dogs,” one commenter said in his feed.
“Can’t you just properly train your children?” Discuss to them why fleeing is risky.”
“If you can’t manage the pressure, don’t have so many kids.”
“That’s a disaster. If you can’t handle that many kids, don’t get kids at all.”
Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a parenting and adolescent development specialist, saw things differently.
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According to Gilboa, this is an example of creative problem-solving. This is not treating children like animals. The other option is to simply stay at home.
Gilboa advises people to use caution while making judgements.
She says it’s an excellent way for parents who have a neurodiverse child or a child who hasn’t mastered all of their listening skills. 99% of parents want what’s best for their children, and they’re doing it to solve a problem. The fact that you can’t see the problem doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
Neurotypical youngsters, according to Gilboa, should be off leash and employ voice control by the age of eight or nine.
Gilboa stated that by that time, you should have another mechanism in place to keep track of your children in public. It would be strange to be on a leash in seventh grade!