When Jordan Driskell quintuplets go out in public, he uses a leash to control them. This has drawn a lot of criticism online.
Shaming a parent for their decisions is almost always inappropriate if the children are secure and well-cared-for. However, this one is a little bit appealing.
Dad Shamed for Child Leashing Viral Video
Instagram dad Jordan Driskell, who is the father of five-year-old quintuplets, shared a video of himself “walking” his group of kids on leashes while out and about. The video quickly went viral.
As Doja Cat sings in the background “You ain’t nothing but a dog, playa,” he captions: “Come walk a mile in my shoes.”
Now that the video has received over 3 million views, nearly every keyboard warrior has left a personal statement, in the comments section regarding the usage of child leashes, having numerous children, and child raising.
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31-year-old Jordan tells TODAY Parents, “Kids are so curious — they want to run off and explore,” “For our own peace of mind and sanity, we use a leash. It also allows us to leave the house and do fun stuff as a family without being stressed.”
Driskell mentioned that his wife Briana, 34, and he had owned a 6-seat stroller. Jordan Driskell quintuplets are five-year-old.
Jordan pointed out that a 6-seat-stroller was too “bulky” and “ridiculous” to carry around. He also said that whenever they go out somewhere crowded, the kids want to walk. They have the chance to do it on a leash, but they can retain control. The kids also enjoy it.
Following a two-year struggle with infertility, Driskell and his wife Briana welcomed their children in Kentucky in 2017: Zoey Hart, Dakota Faith, Hollyn Grace, Asher Blaze, and Gavin Lane.
Common Remarks Jordan Driskell Quintuplets received on Social Media
With less controversy, Driskell frequently discusses his parenting experiences on social media.
A few of the remarks that have been on his post were:
The most common one is – “They are humans, not dogs.”
“Can’t you just train your children well? Explain to them why it’s dangerous to run away?”
“Are they rescues?” another one questioned.
“Those kids are way too old to be walked on a leash,” another one expressed.
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However, a different quintuplet dad was more empathetic and understanding as he commented, “Never used a leash, but have pulled out the preschool rope with the multicolored loops for them to hold onto in a line for a few specific places. I don’t have boys though…. That adds a whole new challenge that I haven’t had to deal with?”
Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a specialist in parenthood and youth development, provided an alternative viewpoint. He said that this is a creative approach to a problem. This isn’t treating children like animals. Or else, simply remaining at home would be an option.