Nature Nurture Catfight: Monday Quotes #14

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.


About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home.
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10 Responses to Nature Nurture Catfight: Monday Quotes #14

  1. Filling out their Law School application…not your job. Teaching them not to throw sand in another kid’s face on the schoolyard…your job. Not sure why people have such problems discerning between the two.

  2. speaker7 says:

    Uh…has this person ever interacted with a toddler? Yeah, toddlers really don’t do well with sharing. My son would sit in a playground swing for four days if given the chance even if a queue of a hundred kids were waiting. I’m with you, I don’t think I’m a helicopter parent by showing my son how to behave in society.

  3. Kathy V. says:

    We should start a playgroup. We can teach our children proper social skills while simultaneously not preventing them from skinning their knees. And we can also be catty together about the other parents. 😉

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I sure wish the mom who watched her kid SPIT on my kid’s back while he was casually swinging in a swing, minding his own business, would have done something about it instead of sitting there watching it, then doing nothing. Assholes.

  5. unfinishedbizness says:

    I’d like to admit that I’m the mom that yells at those other mom’s kids. Yeah, I definitely do. On the playground if I see a kid being a jerk and no adults walk over to address it, I tell the kid to knock it off in the most fake-polite way as possible. When out in the general public – I’m that bitch that will give kids a dirty look for constantly bumping into me in a line. I will also happily tell a child to stop kicking the back of my chair at a movie theater. If I ever get cussed out by one of these kid’s moms… I will tell her to do her damn job and I wouldn’t have to!

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