Saturday, August 28, 2010
Hey, all you people out there that build playgrounds: First of all, thanks for your effort to build play areas that are age appropriate. But, could I make just one little suggestion? When you're constructing these fabulous toddler play areas, go ahead and expend the extra effort to fence them in, because when a toddler see's the big kids' playground contraptions, their age appropriate stuff pales in comparison. I get it--I totally get it. So, then they're running toward the big kids' stuff all giggly and happy and squealing and, as a mom, how can you say no to such unbridled joy. Suddenly, there you are--at the playground where you were supposed to let your kid play until he or she wore their self out, but the only person who's going to need a nap after this little excursion is you. Have you ever chased a toddler up and down and up and down and up and down one of those things? It's like climbing Mt. Everest over and over. There's a reason they don't make those things for grown-ups. Grown ups like things like elevators, escalators, and massage tables. Without that separation fence, a day at the playground becomes a work day. A Work Day. All of the awesome things you were going to do during nap time get flushed down the toilet because you need a nap too.
So please, do us all a favor. Fence it in!
Posted by Sarah Boger at 4:13 PM