So, Shooter had to work late tonight, end of month for his job = he has to close = late night getting home. I decided to go pick up Parker and go on a little dinner date with him. One of our local McDonald's has the only Toddler Playplace in existence so I thought that might be a fun thing to try. Yea, not so much....
First off, I had to travel North from the house and that's something I try to not do too very often. I just prefer the shopping and restaurants and such in the areas South of our house. Secondly, it nearly drove me to drink because people were not following the rules - I like it when people follow rules!
I mean, really....it's a TODDLER Playplace. That means your kid, who is 5 feet tall and weighs 90 pounds and is 8 yrs old, shouldn't be running around all crazy like while my 2 year old is trying to have some fun. Your kid, who insists on pushing my kid off of toys, is about to get a smack down laid on him.
I had a really hard time sitting there and letting Parker play....I had to fight the urge to become one of those hovering Moms....one of those.....helicopter Moms. I want my kid to be safe when he plays with other kids. That means I prefer that kids who are 8-13 not play in the same area with my 2 year old. That means that I prefer that the child who is about to cough up a lung not breathe on my child. That means that I really don't care for another toddler grabbing my son's milk cup from my hand and trying to run with it - and the Mom just sit there.
I want my kid to be socialized....but I'm beginning to think that I can just let day care be that socialization and that we're going to hibernate at our house the rest of the time.
I seriously don't want to be a hovering Mom - I want my kid to experience the world....but can't I just have it on my own terms and at the speed at which I'm most comfortable?