This is the first spring that we’ve really been able to embrace park play areas and playgrounds with the minions. Last spring they were barely crawling around the grass, eating whatever dirt or rocks they could get their little hands on. This year they’re running around like maniacs, so we’re always looking for fun new places for them to wear off a little bit of energy. When you’re looking after two toddlers everyone needs to wear off a little steam.
There is a certain etiquette surrounding parental and child behaviour at the playground that Chris and I haven’t quite mastered because we’re novices at toddlerhood and all of its nuances. I get that we have two kids and that we shouldn’t Bogart the baby swings for too long, but there are other things that we’re just learning. This is why I have created the following list:
1.Arm your children with cookies, comment that they’re chocked full of peanuts, shellfish and gluten. Be sure to encourage your kids to share said cookies with their new friends at the park.
2.Don’t stop your child from dunking their cookies into the sand/gravel/ground before sharing.
3.After your child has shared their shrimp nut cookies with random children, call them over to you because it’s time for their worm medicine.
4.Take tons of pictures of your children while encouraging other children to pose with them. This type of friendly stranger behaviour makes other parents comfortable and puts them at ease. Talk about how you’re going to post these photos on every social media site known to man. Ask random stranger children their names so you can tag them in your posts using GPS feature.
5.You know that random militant two-year old with the empty ice cream bucket? The one who keeps filling it with sand, climbing to the top of the slide and then dumping it over and over again, all while intimidating the other kids at the park? The kid whose mother is yelling at someone on her cell phone while filing her nails on the park bench? Let your daughter steal his bucket. It will be epic. I promise!
SaraBeth is a Toronto based writer. Her blog Multiple Momstrosity was named one on Toronto Mom Now’s 2012 Top 30 Mom Blogs. She is a two-time veteran of the Three Day Novel Writing Contest. She lives in The Junction with her husband and fraternal toddler twins (Molly & Jack).