Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hey...wandering child...

Where are your parents?
This is one of my biggest pet peeves at indoor playgrounds.
That and the mothers that sit idly on the side, with their phone, while their child is playing.
Today, I took the boys to a multi-room indoor playground. It's pretty fantastic, especially since winter seems to be never ending and I can't bring myself to take them out to the park in the freezing, cold, snowy, windy weather.
This indoor playground has a bouncy castle in it, a backyard tree house playground, a mini-ball pit, numerous bikes, slides, tricycles and a little dress-up area and infant area. It's a lot of stuff packed into a little commercial area.
Today, our moms group and another moms group were able to take our kids there to play.
 Twice...not once, but twice, there was a little girl wandering around the place, looking for Mommy and crying. She almost walked right out of the place but the girl at the front stopped her.

There are times it's hard to keep track of J, especially in that place because he runs from room to room and I have to grab A and run after him, but I'm moving with him. He doesn't have to come find me.
The one that irks me big time is moms on the phones while their kids are playing. I do have my phone out every once in awhile, but I'm taking pictures of my child playing. I'm not texting friends, not checking my email. I love watching my kid play and explore but it's also easier to keep check of my kid when I'm actually watching him.
 A Female Teenager Sitting While Texting stock photography
I guess it goes back to when I was younger and I got lost at a fair/parade. The parade finished and everyone crossed over this bridge and went to the park for the fair. I was holding my cousin's hand and in the rush of all the people he got pulled one way and I was pulled the other. I went and hid behind a tree until some nice person came and took me to the police tent where they announced my name over the microphone.
Honestly, it was the scariest thing ever. I was about 7 or 8 years old and I still remember it like it was yesterday.
That's why it scares the crap out of me when I see these little munchkins wandering with big tears running down their cheeks!
I'm not over-protective of my boys, but I definitely have a good handle of where J is when we're at the playgrounds. I'm sure most moms are the same way, but really, keep an eye on your kid. Please!
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