Anyone who’s had to wrangle even one child in public knows how stressful it can be – so imagine trying to keep track of five little ones at the same time!

It’s why dad of quintuplets Jordan Driskell uses toddler safety harnesses for his kids – but he says the ‘leashes’ have attracted plenty of outrage. Jordan shared a video of himself walking with his five-year-old quints on a day trip to the aquarium last year – but it’s only recently the footage has gone viral, with plenty of keyboard warriors shaming the use of harnesses. Here’s a sample of the comments:

“Disgusting … children aren’t dogs,” wrote one TikTok user.

“Just a dad taking his pet sperm for a walk. Mind ya business,” wrote another.

“Can’t you just train your children well? Explain to them why it’s dangerous to run away?”

“Don’t have that many kids if you can’t handle the pressure.”

“That’s messed up. If you can’t handle that many children don’t get them in the first place.”

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It’s prompted the 31-year-old dad to explain why he uses the toddler harnesses on his children Zoey, Dakota, Hollyn, Asher and Gavin.

“Kids are so curious — they want to run off and explore,” Jordan told TODAY Parents. “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.”

While Jordan and his wife Briana say they tried a six-seat stroller, it was too ‘bulky and ridiculous’ to take anywhere.

“The other thing is, they want to walk when we go somewhere crowded. A leash gives them the opportunity to do that — but we’re still in control. They love it.”

Would you use a toddler safety harness with your kids? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  • He definitely need extra pair of hand with so many children


  • Parenting is hard. No body is in his situation nor have they experienced these kids. May be required. Go dad, do what you need to do so your children don’t play in traffic


  • I have three kids and find that stressful at times when they all want to go in different directions in crowded places.
    No one should be judging these parents and saying that if they can’t handle the kids then they shouldn’t have had them. Do not agree with that at all.


  • You gotta do what you gotta do! Have five on the loose would be crazy. Great option on a harness. Hold your head high and do you mate.


  • Looks like sensible, safe parenting to me.


  • I’m sure that if the kiddos didn’t like it they’d be screaming. This way they get to walk about but still stay safe. Good on him for thinking of his kids safety first and foremost.


  • Couldn’t imagine the stress of this family just walking down the road! Good on him! Whatever works!


  • I don’t see how he is doing something wrong. If he is taking 5 kids out on his own, that is the safest way to manage and control them all. Safety first.


  • I don’t see anything wrong with it. Better to be safe than sorry.


  • I think he is a very wise and caring man, there are so many children being abducted today and if these measures were taken, maybe it wouldn’t be so, I hope other parents follow what this man is doing, it could save lives and heartache.


  • Seriously good on this dad. Taking even one toddler out for the day by yourself can be challenging let alone 5. He’s found a way to be able to take them out and keep them safe. The people whinging have clearly never been in his situation so have no right to judge.


  • I wonder how many kids these negative people have? I couldn’t imagine going out and freaking out that one might run off to look at something.


  • This was something we all did once upon a time and were praised for keeping our children in check. There is nothing worse for parents, toddlers and car drivers than them to run off in different directions with some restraint to keep them safe. Good on you dad for using some common sense in your safety issue.


  • I would occasionally because my boy wonders off alot. There are less leash-looking ones out of there. I find I have to carry my son if I want to go somewhere more directly and not at a snail pace. Can’t imagine the challenge of having 5!


  • At least they aren’t in danger of being snatched or running in front of a car. Hard to look after so many kids.


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