Sunday, April 20, 2014

I was THAT mom....and I am proud of it!

Have you ever been that mom that got onto other kids when they were not following rules and were about to hurt other children??  I was so that mom this past weekend at a minor league baseball game and I am not ashamed to admit it.

We took Bray to the bigger playground because he has been wanting to go but he has been too young (technically he is still too young but he will be 5 in a couple months...not a huge difference).  Now he is normally the kid at the playground that wants us to go play with him, not slide down the slide, and would rather just walk around than play.....but this time he was super excited and off he went to play!  Well....he tried too....It was like a circus in that place!  Children are suppose to be supervised by a parent but I can guarantee that was not happening!  They were also way under staffed to have that many kids playing in that area.  So all these kids were running around (not suppose to be running), climbing up slides (while kids were trying to slide down), hanging off slides, pushing kids, and jumping off slides.  When Bray finally got to the little slide he couldn't slide down because of course kids were climbing up, so I told them the slide is to slide down not to climb up....ok they listened and let the kids slide down.  Then this one kid (little brat!!) started climbing up again while other kids were trying to go down so this time I yelled at him!! It was funny because he said to me "your not my mom", then I said " well then where is your mom?!?!"....ya he ran away.  Then there was a huge kid jam up in the playground where the tallest slide is because kids were blocking it and it was crazy!! So the ONE playground supervisor, whom is about 70, has to climb up in the play area to control the kids and even then it was ridiculous.  Kids continued running around into each other, jumping off slides and climbing up.  It got so bad Matt had to physically remove a child that jumped and tried to climb up a spiral slide as another child was trying to slide down.  Now if you don't know me you wouldn't know how bad my anxiety gets and I don't deal well with situations like this because I tend to freak out a little...I mean who would let their children act like this....well obviously these parents (some that weren't there didn't know how they were acting)....I finally was pissed off and went to get someone in charge of the supervising of the playground.  I was directed to someone and had a talk with him telling him my concerns about how some child is going to get hurt and how crazy that play area had gotten and that it needs more supervision.  I was very nice to him and he understood my concerns.  I walked back to that area to get Matt and Bray because we were done playing there and before I knew it like 6 people come to that area and they got everyone off the play equipment and made the kids and the parents make a big circle. They then went over all the rules and let them resume playing with more supervision.  I felt bad for them having to stop everyone from playing but that made me feel good to know that he took my concerns seriously.  The only thing that I still wonder about is when that man was trying to get everything under control he was also talking into his walkie talkie so I know that he was trying to get some help and no one came over to help him.  I mean really....what kid is going to listen to an older person when they are that hyped up???  The only reason why I wonder is because I ran in to that man again that I had talked to and thanked him again for taking action and he said "thank you for telling me about it and I know we should have shut that down earlier" it seems like he knew it was that crazy but did not do anything about it.

Would you have done the same thing??  I feel good about what I did because someone was going to get hurt...there was already a child crying because of something that happened while he was up in the play area.  As a parent I would not want my child acting like these other children, I would be embarrassed....especially if Bray had hurt someone acting like that.  I want my child to follow the rules of the play area just as I did...I was there watching him unlike others that were not there....

We will definitely go back and let him play there but I hope they have it more staffed and under control.

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