What kid doesn’t love going to the playground? My boys love it. I enjoy it too…sometimes. We are fortunate to have many different playgrounds in our area. Most consist of a set of swings and a big playground apparatus with a couple of slides, monkey-bars, etc. Then there are the other playgrounds. The two playgrounds my kids absolutely LOVE. One has been named “The Park By Grammie’s Work” precisely due to its location…by Grammie’s work. The other park has been declared “The Elephant Park” due to the elephant statue sitting outside the grounds. These two parks are vast. These two parks are fun. These two parks scare the crap out of me.
Hi. My name is Sheri. I have three little boys, and I have playground anxiety!
I love that taking my boys to these two parks makes them so, so happy. I’m thanked all day long. I’m the best mom ever. The problem is that they are big and they get crowded. They each have a toddler playground apparatus and a big-kid apparatus, among other cool things like rock-climbing walls and those crazy rope climbing things (for lack of a better term). I can’t keep my eyes on all three at once, especially in a crowd. Our last visit to “The Elephant Park” lasted for all of 5 minutes. I had to explain to the boys that I just couldn’t handle being there with so many people and teenagers lurking around. My heart was about to pound out of my chest and sweat was beading on my forehead. So I did what any great mom would do…I bribed them with ice cream and a trip to a different, more uninhabited parked. Phew.
When we woke this past Sunday morning the sun was shining. It was an absolutely PERFECT summer morning to be outside. We had breakfast, got dressed and sunscreened, and piled into the car. They had no idea where we were going. I stopped and grabbed a coffee and off to “The Elephant Park” we went (with a little knot in my stomach). When we pulled in they were thrilled! YAY! I was thrilled too, the park was EMPTY. I mean empty. There wasn’t a single car or bicycle or person to be seen. We had the entire park to ourselves. The boys scattered and I sat and enjoyed my coffee, up until I had to be the monster and chase them all around (5 minutes of peace).
My little monkey even got to try the monkey bars with no other kids rushing him to get out of the way. In the hour we were there a few kids came but I was at ease. I have no idea how people in congested areas can take their kids to the park. I’d need reinforcements. Do you get playground anxiety?