The playground is the best and worst place when you have kids.
It’s a fantastic place for kids to run off the energy they suck out of us. On the other hand, the playground can give a mom mini anxiety attacks.
One day the kids are scared of EVERYTHING then bam! – out of nowhere, they become fearless little ninjas.
You wonder, when did this happen?
OVERNIGHT! That’s what it feels like at least.
One moment, the kids need our help with everything at the playground and the next they’re climbing alone and overcoming every challenge.
Here’s what goes through every mom’s head at the playground:
1) OMG, s/he is going to fall!
2) Ugh, why are there so many big kids here?
3) Why aren’t parents watching their kids?
4) Where are their parents?
5) Did they just see their kid push mine?
6) Should I say something?
7) How in the world did she get up there?
8) Oh my, she’s climbing down!
9) Why is she climbing up the slide?
10) Where did she or he learns this?
11) Why is he or she copying the other kids?
12) Oh no, my kid fell. Is s/he crying? Ok, no, good.
13) Oh dear god, s/he is crying? I should see how bad it is.
14) Does this mean we can go now? Nope, back to playing.
15) How much longer do we have to be here?
16) Maybe I’ll go on a swing for a little.
17) Maybe I should move closer again.
18) How can I convince my kid(s) to leave?
As the kids run around the park, moms’ mind runs in a circle because kids are reckless in their pursuit of fun.
We just have to remember to watch our kids closely, because you never know what could happen to our little ninjas in the land of terrifying equipment.