Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tales from the playground

While we were in Virginia, there was one particularly hot but cloudy day, so Justin, my sister and I decided to take the boys to Lynnhaven Mall to do a little shopping. There's a designated children's play area there, so I suggested to Justin that we let the boys have a little bit of play time.

Justin looked at me with his eyebrows raised, "Really? You want to let them in there with big kids running around?"

"Sure," I said. It looked great: all of the moms were sitting in a long row against the wall drinking iced coffees and playing on their iPhones while their little ones blew off some steam. What a nice way to spend an hour! The boys walk perfectly and are very steady, so I saw no harm in letting them play with the other kids.

Justin decided to sit with the stroller while my sister and I went with the boys into the play area.

In a flash, Luke was off. He is definitely the more independent of the two. I decided to follow him while Danielle kept her eyes on Nolan. After several minutes of watching Luke play, I stood off to the side, but could still see him and run to him if he needed me (which he didn't).

The floor there is padded but there is about a two and a half foot ledge down to the actual play area. I witnessed a little girl look over at the adults to see if anyone was watching her, then I watched as she pushed another little girl off of the ledge. I ran over to see if she was okay and to see if her mom would come over. She didn't. After the tears stopped & she assured me that she wasn't hurt, I turned my eyes to the pusher. "She fell," is what she told me. Uh, no she didn't.

I don't know if it is because I'm a first-time mom or if it's because I'm over-protective but I just couldn't believe that little girl pushed another kid off of a ledge. It was very deliberate and mean. It's times like that where I'm glad my boys come in a pair. I also couldn't believe that neither of their girls mom/nanny/whomever didn't come over to intervene. The girl that fell was screaming, it was kind of hard not to hear her.

I went back to playing with my boys and making "raaawwrr" noises at them (they get such a kick out of that!) as I chased them around. They played with the giant octopus and went down the slide countless times. They loved playing with the other children while under my & Danielle's watchful eyes. I don't know what age I'll stop doing this with them, but for the time being, I'm going to try and prevent someone from pushing them around.


Marcia (123 blog) said...

Jennifer, I'm a mother bear! Just the thought of that little girl being pushed makes my blood boil. I believe it's okay for our kids to see us "roar" LOL on their behalf.

Kelly said...

Way to go! :)

Laura said...

Umm, that is just mean to push other people off playground equipment. The fact that she lied about it is a problem too. I can't believe the parents didn't come over! What the heck?! I totally would've kept Cam from them too.

Alison said...

Wow it sounds like that kid was a bit of a nightmare. Imagine what she'll be like when she gets a bit older!

Meant to be a mom said...

I don't blame you for being upset. I would hope if someone saw their kid push mine they would come discipline their child.
Good for you!

Jennifer said...

Kids can be so mean. It really is sad. I can't believe the moms didn't come over. That's the really sad part. Good for you for helping out!