Saturday, August 28, 2010

Attention People Who Build Playgrounds!

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!

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