Is it OK to leash your child? Dad gets shamed for using leash with 5-year-old quintuplets

A dad is facing backlash online for using a leash with his 5-year-old quintuplets when they're out in public.


Raising a child is not a walk in the park, but it looks like not many people understand that. The truth is that most parents would go above and beyond for the happiness of their children, and yet, there would be those who would judge their parenting and slam them for their decisions.

Life with five children under one roof must be challenging, and a father named Jordan Driskell, 31, knows that all too well. He and his wife are parents to 5-year-old quintuplets, and even a simple shopping trip to the nearest market can be hard to organize because the children are very much curious and it takes a lot of multitasking to keep them together and make them behave.

Zoey, Dakota, Hollyn, Asher, and Gavin used to go out in a 6-seat stroller, but as they grew up, they prefer to walk. On top of that, the stroller was too big and ludicrous to bring everywhere.

In order to have them right in front of his eyes at all times and make sure none of the kids wanders off, Jordan is using a child leash and says the kids adore it.

Last year, he posted a video online of the quintuplets on a leash during a day excursion to an aquarium which has recently gone viral with over three million views and counting. For most part, Jordan was ridiculed and criticized for using a leash.

“They are humans, not dogs,” one person commented. “Can’t you just properly train your children?” Discuss to them why fleeing is risky,” another added. Great part of the comments were negative.

“If you can’t manage the pressure, don’t have so many kids,” someone posted. 

“That’s a disaster. If you can’t handle that many kids, don’t get kids at all,” another person stated.

While people judged Jordan for his parenting, expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a parenting and adolescent development specialist, says this is an inventive issue solution. She does not believe that the kids are treated like animals, on the contrary, she believes their parents simply had to find a way, and this is better than opting to keep the children at home.

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