Oh the park, where nature and nurture come together to bitch slap each other in the face. Reasons Mommy Drinks
I love taking the kids to the playground. They love playing, I love that they’re exhausting themselves. Most of the time there are other children to play with or near and parents to chat with. But then there are those kids and those parents. You know the ones that you’d like to ban from your beautiful, serene, rainbow and unicorn filled park of love and laughter. The ones that bring the thunder clouds and punch the unicorns and throw sand on the rainbow.
I recently read on a mom blog that this particular parent didn’t like those ‘helicopter’ parents who were enforcing the sharing and taking turns thing. She felt that kids just needed to work it out on their own. I’m not going to share which mom blogger it was, mostly because I can’t remember.
It really got my back up. I’m not a helicopter parent, but I do believe that it’s my job to teach my children to share and take turns and to be gentle with the smaller children around them. They need to learn how to play well with the other children they share the playground with. My first thought was that this particular mom probably had the bully kids who hogged the slide and pushed the toddlers around.
I kind of feel like my nurture wants to bitch slap her nature a little. Would that be wrong? Maybe only if my kids aren’t watching me set the bad example.