Playground Observations

by on 10/09/10 at 9:43 am

I may be a little overprotective of my kid, but I don’t think I obsess about it. Where is this coming from? Well, the past couple of times we’ve been to our local playground, I stood back and observed how other parents “watched” their children. Please keep in mind, this is a very busy playground in the middle of a city. On several occasions, I have witnessed adults without children sit down and watch kids playing and it gives me the creeps! I’m not trying to stereotype these individuals, but it seems rather bizarre.

I am always in the same vicinity as my son, but I still give him his space. At the age of 2, I know he is fast and doesn’t recognize danger.

On our last playground visit, there was a group of three women so engrossed in their conversation that their very small children (all appearing to be under the age of 3) could have disappeared and they would not have even noticed! I’m not exaggerating either, they were not even facing the same direction as their children. This went on for about 30 minutes, then the ladies finally decided it was time to take their conversation to a restaurant. Surprisingly, they did remember to gather their kids before moving on.

Then there was the father of the “bully”. My kid was quietly playing and all of the sudden this older boy came out of no where and shoved him off a plastic hammock swing. The father watched it happen and did absolutely nothing. Instead, I gave the man a glare and then encouraged my son to go to the big kid playground area since it was empty. Off we went, far away from the “dad of the year” and his brat.

The last annoying thing I’m going to mention is the mother who helped her 18 month old daughter try to walk up the slide for at least 10 minutes while kids waited to go down. No joke, at least 5 kids were standing on the platform ready to go! All it took was one impatient tot and that slide walking princess would have been a missile. Trust me, if it would have been the mother who would get hit, I would have jumped in line to try and knock her down!

It’s not my place to say something to these parents or children, instead we just find another play area or go home. Obviously, there are parents who do a terrific job watching over their kids and disciplining them, so thank you to those individuals that make playtime a good experience.

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6 Responses to “Playground Observations”

  1. Jackie

    Sep 10th, 2010

    I’ve seen those kids and their parents! It’s very annoying! I don’t understand how parents don’t see the danger of ignoring their kids while at a busy playground or how just letting their kids bully other kids (especially smaller ones) sets the precedent that it’s alright to do it.

    When things like that happen with us and after I get fed up for a while I’ve said things to my kids out loud and just loud enough for people to hear me. Yea, it’s probably wrong. But you can only put up with so much!

  2. TheSuburbanMom

    Sep 10th, 2010

    I KNOW – mall play areas AMAZE me in the same way!

  3. Rachelle Nelson

    Sep 10th, 2010

    I have seen this several times before I had my 3 year old and now. But I have no issue with telling a child to stop doing something especially if it involves them pulling my daughter by her feet off of the toy bridge at the mall.

    I jotted on over, looked at him all mean like, and told him “No, you do not pull people. Go play somewhere else.” and then I turned to my daughter, asked if she was ok and then told her she needed to use her words with that boy and she should have told him no.

    I walked away allowing her to continue to pay and the parent of the boy was texting on her phone. she looked up at me and then continued with her phone.

    If she wanted to talk about what I had done I would have had no problem with that either since that was the second time of him pulling on my daughter and pushing other children around.

  4. Tired Mom Tésa

    Sep 12th, 2010

    It is amazing that more children aren’t hurt or worse at playgrounds because of inattentive parents. It drives me crazy when parents can’t be bothered to pay attention to their children especially when they are so young.

  5. Lori

    Sep 13th, 2010

    Those kinds of parents really scare me. First of all, I hear way too many stories of kids disappearing to feel comfortable turning my back for a second. As far as I am concerned, adults watching kids at the playground (without actually accompanying one there) are potential pedophiles. Second, the parents who don’t pay attention are usually the ones to get all huffy with everyone when something happens to their kid, as if to say:”someone could have kept an eye on him/her”. *insert eyeroll here* And of course the parent of the kid who happens to kick your child in the back (been there) is too occupied with their iphone to notice that their child is behaving like the spawn of satan.

  6. The Unemployed Mom

    Sep 13th, 2010

    OMG Lori, you hit the nail on the head on all aspects of your comment! What is wrong with people? I was hinting at pedophile without spelling it out (was wondering who was finally going to say it)! Those parents on their iphone or crackberry drive me nuts! The world is evil and bad things do happen, BUT if they would just put their devices down for a few minutes and pay attention to their child then perhaps we can have one less statistic happen! I laughed out loud at “spawn of satan”, that is awesome! :)

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