Thursday, August 7, 2008

No Running Allowed!

I am a rules kind of girl. I always have been. In school, I was such a good girl that I was the one the teacher chose to write down names when she was gone. I actually liked the responsibility. I listen to what teachers, parents and my elders say. Like most women, as I've grown older, I am less about rules and more about just living my life.

Today, I drank a cup of tea and watched my boys play at the mall. My boys loved it. They were stuck going bathing suit shopping without a stroller so it was a terribly long afternoon for them (believe it or not, it went well. I couldn't believe it. It's all about expectations). So, after shopping, they deserved fifteen minutes to run around and have fun. As I am sipping my tea, I hear a grandma tell her grandchildren not to run in the play area. Not to run? The kids were having a ball. They were chasing each other and diving in and out of the equipment. We were the only people there. The grandma kept looking at me for some back-up. I wasn't saying a word.

Last week, we were at an outdoor playground. I swear I heard a mom tell her child to not yell. Where else is it more appropriate for yelling than a playground? The child was just having fun. It wasn't an emergency sort of yell. It was just a child screaming for his friends.

Like I said, I am sort of a rules kind of girl. My kids hear "Go down the slide, not up" a million times a month. We wear seat belts and use car seats. We floss. We walk, not run, at the pool. We drive near the speed limit. We wait our turn in line. We say please and thank you. We are a rules kind of family. But at playgrounds, I am sorry. I will not hover. I won't ask my kiddos to be quiet. My kids will run and play. They might even yell. And I will just sit and drink my tea.

8 comments:

enthalpymama said...

Absolutely!! If they know where and when, they are much more likely to get it right.

Krystyn said...

How dare your kids run and yell at the playground?

I can't believe that they would tell the kids that...it's crazy. Wouldn't want them to have fun, now would we?

Anonymous said...

you go girl!!!!

OHmommy said...

Why didn't you call me?

We were sooooo bored yesterday. Always call me. The day goes by faster when the boys come over.

Kathryn said...

Yelling is fine. But I've had to tell my boys to stop growling at the other children. hehe They think it is funny to pretend to be wild animals but some of the kids didn't. ;)

Flea said...

You speak my language. :)

Stephanie said...

Yes, I'm with you. And sometimes I'm not "don't yell" kinda mom and then I think WHY? And I let it go. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in rules that I forget to let them have fun for a second. Then I remember and feel like bonking myself on the head because I'm being so ridiculous!

Genny said...

Loved this! And I completely agree.

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