08/08/2013 06:31 pm ET

Child Leashes: An Acceptable Alternative To Strollers?

There is a new wave of criticism against America's stroller culture, but are there better alternatives?

On HuffPost Live Tuesday, a group of parents discussed the pros and cons of using "child leashes" to keep your children close. Karen Williamson, a mom and blogger for, defended her use of the child leash, noting that her son screams when strapped into a stroller, but is fast and runs away when on his own.

"I just decided, this is going to be better for us," Williamson told HuffPost Live. "I took the judgment on and thought, 'You know what? I'm just going to go for it.' It was amazing. I didn't have to chase him down and we had a great experience."

"Meanwhile, father Bob Meadows said he refuses to put his child on a leash, and has instead been practicing a game called "freeze and go."

My son, when he and I walk down the street, my focus is on him," Meadows said. "I will be his leash, this strong right arm will be his leash."

What do you think: are child leashes an appropriate way to wrangle your tot?

Watch the Full Discussion on HuffPost Live.