Mum cops backlash for walking with her two-year-old on a leash

It can be hard to keep up with toddlers once they learn to walk. But would you use a baby leash?

Mum, Rachel Butcher, has decided that it is the best choice for her adopted son, but received a wave of criticism for her choice. 

After facing extremely harsh criticism online, she took to social media to provide a full background story on what lead to her using straps to keep an eye on her child.

Posting on Facebook, the mum recalled an incident that left her in tears, and it inspired her to share her story.

The mum began: "Our son has more energy and speed than your average 21-month-old."

She explained that her adopted son was born addicted to drugs, which could have unknown impacts on his development. 

"Aside from his already rough beginning of drug exposure, we know little to nothing about his bio family and their genetics," she continued. "So he could be more hyper just from experiences that I don’t know of."

To make matters more difficult, she struggles to run after developing scar tissue from hysterectomy surgery. Therefore, "I have a backpack leash for my son," the mum-of-one explained.

"We went to Target and we wore his backpack and he did AMAZING. He was HAPPY, LAUGHING, SMILING, and yes, running, but he was close to me."

The mum and her toddler were met with judgement from other women in the store.

"The looks and side eye I got from no less than 5 'Karen’s' made me grab my two items and leave. I don’t know why women feel the need to judge and mom shame so often. What works for your child doesn’t necessarily work for mine."

People on Facebook commented in support of Rachel, some even writing that they too used  leash backpacks for their children.

"I used one over 10 years ago, got looks then but at least my child was safe. When you have a child that likes to run or wander you need something that protects them these days," wrote one parent.

Another said: "had to give in and buy one for my son. My fear of losing him because he liked to hide from me was stronger than fear of criticism."

But clearly the mum who posted her story was rattled by the whole experience. 

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