There are certain things about childhood that I’m finding are even better the second time around. Grilled cheese sandwiches, for example. I was never that fond of them during my own youth, but find them completely irresistible now. Fireflies, rainbows and sandcastles also top the list of things I enjoy even more than my children. And, then there are the things I loved as a kid, but as a grown up, dread with every fiber of my being. Topping that list? The playground.
Now, I don’t hate everything about the playground. Of course, I do recognize the value of having some place to burn off steam that doesn’t involve bouncing on my bed or running around the house like a crazed lunatic, but my children just seem to make it as annoying as it can possibly be.
They want me to run around and play chase, to push them on the swings and to go down the slides with them. When I said that the playground was good for blowing off steam, I meant for them, while I play on my iPhone and sip my latte watching from the sidelines. What’s up with the mothers chasing and rolling all around with their kids? Isn’t that the job of the other kids there? I don’t get it.
So, as long as we are going to keep frequenting playgrounds, I’ve decided to come up with some ground rules so my children known exactly where I stand. Hopefully it will make the experience as painless as possible…
1. I will not push you endlessly on the swing. If you want to swing, learn to pump.
2. I will not swing from bars. I am not a monkey.
3. I do not go down slides (for fear of my ass getting stuck mid-way.)
4. We are not playmates. At the playground, I have my friends and you have yours.
5. Sandboxes are evil. Stay away from them at all costs.
6. Hide and seek anywhere but home isn’t fun for mommy. Don’t even think about it.
7. There is no need to yell “LOOK AT ME!!!” every three seconds. I’m (half) watching. And, if I miss that particular slide dismount, I’ll catch the next one.
8. Don’t ask me to play on the see-saw. I don’t need to be reminded that I weigh more than all of you combined.
9. Don’t do anything that will result un an ER visit. Or, we may never comeback.
10. Don’t tell me you are bored. I guarantee you’ll be more bored at home.
Still want to go play, kids?