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.”
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