I have been diligently seeking out all the parks in our area. Two days ago, we stumbled across a beautiful park that was probably at least a mile from our place. It had a volleyball court, tennis court, pool, very nice playground, and lots of other mothers with young children playing. I was very excited. I let the boys run free!
The park 3 blocks from our house has nice playground equipment, but only 1 baby swing, there’s usually young teens hanging out there, and often trash that is left strewn about.
So, while at the “nice” park, I was watching my children climb on the toddler equipment, making friends with other young children…and out of nowhere comes a class of 20 third-graders from a private school nearby. They stampeded into the playground, nearly knocking over half the young children there. No teachers reprimanded them. They proceeded to take over all the equipment (even the baby ones), and came close to knocking over M 3 times. I escorted mine to the side of the playground so they could play in the grass a bit. They tried to follow a few older boys around that were playing with a ball. However, the older boys told me they didn’t want mine to follow them. So we left.
The next day, I returned to the park near our house. Consistently, the older children allow my boys to play with their bikes, skate boards, balls, share their food, and play peek-a-boo with them. They are conscientious of any little children wandering around. So, even though I have to worry about my boys eating trash off the ground, I’m thankful to have a park close-by that I don’t have to worry about them getting trampled.