(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.