What is with the kids on leashes these days?? I was just in the mall enjoying lunch in the food court and saw a mother walking around holding a leash attached to her child, like he was some sort of pet! And it was clearly a product marketed for that purpose.... so am I to assume this practice is approved in any way, shape or form? I would tend to think it would have repercussions on the child's personality development. Any thoughts? I'm no psychologist, but it doesn't seem like putting a leash between mother and child is a very natural thing to do.