Good Parenting? Or Bad Idea? Picture Of Dad Causes The Internet To Meltdown In Debate

Jordan Driskell, Dad to 5-year-old quintuplets, is facing backlash for putting a leash on his children when out in public.

Driskell, 32, told 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 and his wife Briana, who is 34, stated that they had a 6-seat stroller, but it became too much to haul.  The children also want to walk more now. Driskell said, “A leash gives them the opportunity to do that — but we’re still in control. They love it.”

Driskell faced judgemental comments after he shared a video of the quintuplets using the leash on a family trip to the aquarium.  Though the video is a year old, it has recently gone viral, having more than three million views.

Some of the comments include:

“They are humans not dogs.”

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

Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a parenting and youth development expert, stated, “This is creative problem-solving. This isn’t treating kids like animals. The alternative would be just staying at home.”

Gilboa went on to say that people should dial down their judgment.

“It’s a great system for a parent with a neurodiverse child or a child who hasn’t nailed all their listening skills,” Gilboa explained. “Ninety-nine point nine-nine percent of moms and dads want what’s best for their kids, and they’re doing it to solve a problem. Just because you can’t identify the problem doesn’t mean it’s not there.”

As for the Naysayers, you should keep your comments to yourself until you have five children, ALL at the age of 5.  Kids are wonderful and challenging all at the same time. Each child has different attitudes and needs.  The children seemed happy, and this dad needed applause.


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