You know how every once in a while you see some kid who is way too big to be in a stroller getting pushed down the sidewalk. And at that moment you think, why the hell is that kid in a stroller, he is way too big to be getting a free ride. And you also think, that kid is going to be so obese one day because his parents clearly don’t make him exercise enough. Bad parents, bad bad parents.
Well to all of those parents with big kids in strollers, I would like to say, “I am so very sorry for ever judging you.”
This morning we caved. We were going to walk to the playground. As we started to put our 2yo into the stroller for the walk, the 4yo dove in for the seat.
“Mommy my tummy hurts.”
“Mommy, my legs hurt.”
“Mommy, I’m so tired.”
As we pulled him out of the stroller (which has a ride on platform for when he’s tired of walking) he began to whine even more vehemently.
That’s when we caved and pulled out the other stroller. We walked both of them to the park, big kid overflowing out of all sides of the stroller, and I felt profoundly ashamed.
Who was I to judge other parents of big kids in strollers (POBKIS)? At what point did they break? How long did it take for them to cave in? Let’s face it, sometimes you just want to get to the park.
I’m not ready to take pride in becoming on of the POBKIS crowd, but let me tell you, it was the quickest, least painful walks to the park that we’ve had in a long time.