What type of Playground Mom are you?

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(photo credit : www.soundsfunmom.com is an awesome local site with local events, reviews and things to do with kids in South Sound/Greater Tacoma community) By the way, Sounds Fun Mom’s photo was taken at Kandle Park in Tacoma’s North end neighborhood. A super fun place, read about it on her website.

Let me begin this post by saying that I am not criticizing any one parenting style or personality. I am simply telling you about my observations at the playground this past week. I may have a few encouraging words, but no criticism. And I’m sure I have been all types at one time or another. What playground mom are YOU?

1. Cell phone Mom. This Mom is constantly on her phone. Maybe she is legitimately working on a multi-million dollar deal. But most likely she is talking to her best friend in California or texting her sister. Leave the phone in your bag and play with your kids.

2. McDonald’s Picnic Mom. This Mom tells her kids they are going to have a picnic in the park but yet it is really a drive thru stop at McDonalds on the way to the park. This does not teach your children about eating healthy, meal planning and is not a true picnic. Next time you want to have a picnic, pack turkey sandwiches, apple slices and bottles of water. Let your kids pack their own picnic lunch at home. They will feel ownership and pride over their lunch and are more likely to want to eat it. Which is good when a giant slide is staring them in the face.

3. Purell Mom.This Mom is OCD about dirt, woodchips and public restrooms. Believe me I am the first one to have my children wash their hands in public places. But really. God made dirt and dirt don’t hurt. It’s about balance people.

4. Let’s Connect Mom. This Mom wants to talk. To anyone. It’s probably because she has only been talking to 2 and 4 year olds since 6:30am that day. If you get stuck in a convo with Let’s Connect Mom, politely tell her you told your children they would have your undivided attention and walk away. Don’t give out your number or email. 😉 Just kidding. It’s up to you….

Tell me your playground observations in the comments below.

Rosie

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    • Michele
    • August 27, 2012
    Reply

    Rosie, Why would you start with ‘I’m not criticizing’ and then continue on with your critical thoughts? I think the more important question here is ‘what kind of woman are you?’ I sure hope that you have done something that made the McDonald’s mom, Cellphone mom, Clean mom and Chatty mom think “what is she thinking?!” Then at least you are like the rest of us. Your blog would be more helpful and meaningful if you left the judgment out.
    Have a great day and enjoy this wonderful sunshine today!

      • rosie
      • August 27, 2012
      Reply

      Thank you for your comment Michele, I really like hearing from readers. I prefaced with I do not criticize because I really, truly don’t. I am giving my observations and meant it in a fun-loving humorous way. My words of encouragement are just that, encouragement, not criticism. I will be more careful with my words next time to communicate. And I have been all of these Moms at point or another, I am Purell Mom most of the time. 🙂

      Rosie

      • rosie
      • August 28, 2012
      Reply

      Michele, I wanted to comment one more time and let you know that through your comment I have learned a lot about blogging. When writing, my tone is very important. If my writing is meant to be humorous it needs to be obviously so and even absurd. I don’t ever want to come across judgmental or exempt. I asked my husband about it this morning and he felt like I came across in my post critical of other Moms. I am sorry for that. I have much to learn about blogging and putting myself out there. Please keep reading and keep the comments coming! 🙂

      Rosie

    • Barb Monroe
    • August 27, 2012
    Reply

    I am a Grandma…not a Mom…and I take my grand daughter to Kandle Park frequently when she visits. It is her favorite place. I agree with all of your comments. I would like to add that, if Moms and Dads follow some of these simple suggestions-paying more attention to their children, they will note, and perhaps coach, their children to slow down a bit around the little ones. I get a bit frustrated that older kids tend to sometimes run crazy and don’t take care around the toddlers. Remind your children to be kind, take turns, and watch out for others. This is another important life lesson to teach along the way.

      • rosie
      • August 27, 2012
      Reply

      Thank you for your comment Barb. Yes, older kids definitely need to watch out for the younger ones. I am having to tell my older ones that when we are playing at the park.

      Rosie

    • Jessica
    • August 28, 2012
    Reply

    Rose, I can hear you even calling yourself out in this post. And while I can understand if your style is maybe too blunt for some, I think sometimes we need to hear things abruptly to realize that we all have room to grow and areas to develop in. So many times the Mommy advice online slants one of three ways: 1) Overly positive 2) Purely educational and clinical or probably my least favorite 3) Victim mentality or lacking the ability to take responsibility for our actions. With that being said, everyone has a different way of receiving information and interpreting it. Thank God for options on the web and many different bloggers to learn from! Thanks for speaking my language and being real! I need to work on not being on my cell phone so much or addicted to checking it! Thanks for your honest observations.

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