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Mom Makes Her Son Wear A Leash And Backpack And Explains Why She Does It
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Mom Makes Her Son Wear A Leash And Backpack And Explains Why She Does It

People are often quick to judge and shame mothers when it comes to different parenting styles.

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on October 28, 2021. It has since been updated.

Parenting is not a one-size-fits-all process. It's easy to generalize and judge other people but the truth is no one really knows the full picture. One mom knows that only too well. Rachel Butcher has received tons of criticism and disapproving looks when they see her using a backpack leash with her adopted son. One such incident left Rachel in tears and she decided to take to Facebook to explain her side of the story. Although the post is currently unavailable, Brightside reports her post began by stating that her day was extremely hard, writing, “Our son has more energy and speed than your average 21-month-old. Aside from his already rough beginning of medicine exposure, we know little to nothing about his biological family and their genetics. So he could be more hyper just from experiences that I don’t know of.”

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Butcher admitted that she was also someone who judged other moms for putting kids on a leash. She wondered how they could not control their own children. But after being a parent herself, she realized that it is far more difficult than one may fathom. She explained the story behind the backpack with an attached leash, saying, “My child runs faster than me. Due to scar tissue from my hysterectomy, I have trouble running sometimes to keep up with him. Let it also be known, I religiously ran races and ran every day before my surgery. So it’s not due to laziness. My child also hates to be confined, whether it’s by a car seat, high chair, stroller — or shocker, a shopping cart. I use Shipt more often than I should because it’s incredibly hard to go out with him alone sometimes. I’ve come home crying because I’ve left stores before finishing shopping because he’s having a meltdown, I also got snide comments and nasty looks then too."