I thank God for parks. The chance to just throw your needs-to-expell-energy-kid in the car, a sippy cup of water, and your camera. Then you're good to go. It's free entertainment, and fresh air, and I like it. For her. And for me.
The thing is...I feel like there needs to be some general park etiquette in place sometimes. People live in their own little la-la lands, and perhaps I'm just way-too-intune with what's going down most the time? But, for serious, park-people. Watch your children.
One of the parks we go to has this tiny-little toddler playground, and then this massive, huge, awesome playground for the big kids. Honestly? If I were a 'big' kid I would want nothing to do with that tiny little nothing of a playground for the 'babies'. But, that's not the case here. It seems like these big honkin' kids always come a blazing through, practically knocking my little toddler girl over. And frankly, it's SO annoying.
The kids barely fit in this thing, yet they come pushing aside my little 2 foot nothing 15 month old? I get it. Kids are totally delusional to the outside world sometimes. But--please, go play on your amazeballs playground and leave us to the little dinky one, kthanksbye.
The playground bully.
And where are this kids parents, you might ask? On the bench. Both of them. Reading magazines, and playing on their phones. Not noticing a damned thing.
He's the kid who climbs up the slide the wrong way, purposefully, as other kids are trying to slide down correctly. He's the kid who runs around with his fake gun out pointing it at other little kids saying things like "BAM! YOU'RE DEAD!" He's the kid who tells the other kids they aren't allowed in the higher tower, because it's all his. And sometimes? He's the kid who actually touches & hits other kids on the playground.
Well I call BS on that.
I get it. Kids will be mean sometimes. And even right there in front of us at times. But this particular case I witnessed? The parents didn't even peak their eyes up from their magazines. They seemed disinterested to even glance up, let alone make sure he wasn't being a little jerk to the other kids.
Now, Eme is young. Almost too young to get bullied on, except--I've seen it in bits already. It makes my mom-claws wanna come out like whoa. My little girl is social. She adores other kids. She will wave, and say "hiiii!" to all the other children playing. So that older girl standing right next to her? Ignores her. And says, "I don't play with babies" or tells her to "Move little girl!" in a sassy-5-year-old-tone, and for a split second I contemplate hurting a child. Not quite. But close.
WHAT IS WITH KIDS SOMETIMES?
And most of all--will my kid turn out this way? Because, God, I hope not.
There is one baby swing at this park. So STOP PUSHING YOUR FIVE YEAR OLD IN IT. They are more than capable to sit in the regular swing.
And also? Five minutes, tops. If someone is waiting, this should be a no brainer. If your kid keeps asking for more? At some point you have to tell them another person is
losing their mind waiting patiently for the swing, too.
See? The park?