Playground Politics

An older woman, immaculately dressed, follows her granddaughter around the park, loudly directing her on her scooter. “Go around the circle. Here, around the tree. That’s good! Now go around again.” The granddaughter is at least eight years old.

I do not murder the woman for interfering.

A young mother runs up to where my son is playing with her son and joins in, effectively taking over, deciding how they will play. My son is eight, hers at least five.

I do not murder the woman for interfering.

Three adults (two men and one woman) practice fencing, inappropriately dressed for it, a couple hundred feet from the playground. I have to talk my son and his playmate (whose mother has vanished) out of going and “playing” with them.

I do not murder the fencers for lack of brains.

Another mom, with a son and daughter somewhere between Grace and Sam’s ages, refuses to play with them and encourages them to use their imaginations and find things to do on their own. When her son says he cannot, she patiently listens to him spouting off interesting facts about elephants.

I do not make out with her face, but I am awfully tempted to.

6 thoughts on “Playground Politics

  1. Cindy

    August 24, 2014 at 12:21pm

    If your blog had a like button, I would have clicked it.

  2. Nana

    August 24, 2014 at 9:49pm

    Oooh, I like elephants!

  3. velocibadgergirl

    August 24, 2014 at 11:06pm

    I tend toward elephant-facts-mom’s style of parenting and I sometimes feel little intense clouds of disapproval wafting my way from other parents and staff at children’s museums. I’m glad to know there are others out there like me!

    • Annika

      August 25, 2014 at 7:29am

      I get the dirtiest looks for not playing with my kids. Hello, I took them to the park so they could play with other kids!

  4. ~zandra~

    September 1, 2014 at 7:06am

    My children grew up learning my mantra- “Mama don’t dance, Mama don’t run, and Mama don’t play.” Other than games, I cannot play. And yes, parents at park who want to take a free play situation and turn it into directed play annoy me.
    ~zandra~´s last post through the tears

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