Playing at the playground. Let them be kids.
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The weather outside has been awesome. We’re having longer, warmer days. Finally! We have a swingset/jungle gym in our backyard, but we’ve been going to our local playground lately. And the kids love it because they can run around, be loud and crazy. Mom and dad love it because we can sit back and relax, while the kiddos run around and be crazy.
Our kiddos are finally at the age where they can both go on the equipment without much supervision. We just make sure they are in view. I do not miss having to hover and help and push (on swings). They go from one thing to the next and the only thing we really need to do is to remind them about taking turns, watching little ones, yadda yadda.
So, my question for all you everyday folks is this…..Do you let your kids be kids? Or do you hover or helicopter parent them?
I know it’s hard to let them go. To let them be crazy and run and jump and be on top of the equipment. When my kids were smaller, I think I was more “helicopter” parent, but now that they’re older I’ve learned to relax a little. ( I think…). I think it’s OK to walk up the slide backwards, as long as nobody is coming down the slide. It’s OK to climb on top of certain equipment, even if that’s not the intention. Kids climb and swing and slide and jump. Let them.
As long as they aren’t hurting any other kids or themselves, let ‘em run wild! (Well…to a point). As long as everyone is having fun and playing great together, let them be kids! Let them break some “playground rules”.
It’s good for them to learn, and maybe even push, their own boundaries. Again, safety first. I know. But let them figure it out. Let them be a little daring. How will they know how to be a little more brave or confident if we are constantly stopping their play or fun with “Be careful!”, “Don’t do that!”, “You can’t…!”.
How about “Swing higher!”, “Run faster!”, “You can…!”. Showing confidence in them helps to build confidence in them. Not just on the playground, but anywhere, really. This is just one example. Let those kiddos be kiddos.
When on our backyard swingset, our kids like to swing high, climb on top of the clubhouse and monkey bars. Of course when they were smaller, I said the typical “Be careful!”. And in my momma head and heart, thinking “Oh God. Oh God. Please don’t fall!”. It took my 10 yr. old some time before she was brave enough to go on top of the swingset, but now I can’t get her down. My 6 yr. old will be giving me a heart attack because he has no fear.
How do you all play at the playground or at home? Are you able to let loose? If not, try a little at a time and let those kiddos be kiddos!!
Until next time….