Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Nattering in the Playground

Ben and I went to the park this afternoon. He loves the park and especially the little playground where he really does burn off a lot of energy with some serious climbing and non-stop running about. He is a bit of a daredevil when it comes to scaling the steps of the slide and attempting scary superman-esque impressions until he is convinced there is a better way to come down a slide so like most toddlers his age, he needs pretty close supervision which I am kept busy doing while we are there. What I did not expect to have to do today was watch to out for a bunch of other toddlers as well.

I don't mean to rant but it really annoyed me earlier as I had to rescue three little kids from some nasty accidents while their mothers were so engrossed in their own conversations that they obviously forgot the reason they were in the park. One little boy was actually about to fall off the slide but luckily I managed to catch him. Did his mother even say thanks to me? No, she just laughed it off with her friends and said he "gets awfully distracted". Hmmmm.. maybe she should keep a closer eye on him so.

I'm all for children learning their own body's capabilities through play but I do believe as a parent you need to make sure that they are safe doing so and be nearby to prevent any unnecessary accidents. We all know kids fall over and get bumps and scratches, Ben has had his fair share but there are certain situations where we can help prevent them. Personally, I love having the opportunity to help Ben learn to play safely in the playground. We have lots of fun and it is a pleasure to see his little face light up with such enjoyment. I'd hate to missing that because I was too busy nattering away to notice.




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16 comments:

Lauren said...

A similar thing happened when I took my niece to a play park. A little girl came flying out of a tube slide and tumbled over. She couldn't get up because kids kept flying out and landing on her. No sign of a parent, so I waded in to pick her up. She was really upset so I took her hand and we tried to find her mum. I literally walked the perimeter of the park for 5 mins before mum sauntered out of the loos. I was shocked - I could have walked out of the place with the little girl and the mum wouldn't have known! She was grateful but completely unabashed. Crazy!

The Boy and Me said...

I completely agree with you. They need to learn about danger and their own limitations in a safe and controlled environment. I'm constantly having to tell my hubby to leave The Boy alone he's fine, yet we are always close at hand to give him a push up, a hand down or a kiss better. If you molly-coddle them, then they never learn.

As for that mother, has she ever wondered where he got the distracted bit from? Silly cow.

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Mummy's Space said...

Definitely important to keep an eye on them and it's usually lots of fun watching them too!

Mummy's Space said...

God three! How do you manage it? :)

Lagos Mum said...

Completely agree with what you're saying.  My boy is still too young to be left on his own to do anything - but I've seen other children do quite dangerous things - and whoever they are with have no idea about what's happening.  It's so important to keep an eye on them to make sure they're safe!

Multiple Mummy said...

I know what you are saying. I find it even harder with the three toddlers as they all want to go in different directions. My friends kids are at an age when they can now enjoy a natter at the park and they deserve that but sometimes I resent it a little as I am like 'help me please!" 

Mummy's Space said...

Thanks - I really needed a rant that day! Felt like I was looking after 4 toddlers in the park that day instead of my one... x

Mummy's Space said...

That's it though - being there close enough without stopping them have their freedom. Just annoyed me these mums were too into themselves to notice their kids..

Jennypaulin said...

Rant away I say! I also find it annoying when parents allow their kids go up the slide the wrong way when I am pleading with Burton nt to do the same!grrrrrr!! Xx

Annwen Ackroyd said...

I'm always really conscious that my son doesn't copy older children who are misbehaving etc. When I was 5 and on a school trip I wasn't properly supervised and in copying some much older children I fell and broke my arm!! I don't follow him really closely but I think its important to be close enough that if something happened they don't panic

Mummy's Space said...

I'm the same - just be nearby to step in if they are about to fall or anything!

sarahdazjc said...

I know what you mean, mine are all old enough to pay confidently now but I still stand and watch them, although i'm not a jumpy mum who has to hold their hands at all occasions Iam always within arms reach 'just incase' :)

Annwen Ackroyd said...

I'm always really conscious that my son doesn't copy older children who are misbehaving etc. When I was 5 and on a school trip I wasn't properly supervised and in copying some much older children I fell and broke my arm!! I don't follow him really closely but I think its important to be close enough that if something happened they don't panic

Mummy's Space said...

That's it exactly - just being there for them if needed.

Loving ShowOff ShowCase - great idea!

Mummy's Space said...

It's all about being there for them. You're so right about kids copying older ones - they need to learn their own capabilities safely without risking injury

Annwen Ackroyd said...

I'm always really conscious that my son doesn't copy older children who are misbehaving etc. When I was 5 and on a school trip I wasn't properly supervised and in copying some much older children I fell and broke my arm!! I don't follow him really closely but I think its important to be close enough that if something happened they don't panic

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