I have been really enjoying spending time with Iyla in the garden this week, the weather has been amazing and she is at an age where she can roam around while I just sit and watch.
The same however, cannot be said for the park.
I hate the park and here is why.
1. It is full of other people.
People who yell at their kids, people who have badly behaved kids and people who have kids that bring their exciting toys to the park to tempt the ones who didn’t.
As soon as we have a nice day in this country people all crowd into their local parks, including teenagers who think it’s a good idea to kick a ball around a few metres away from where toddlers are playing. I have a fear of balls flying at me after secondary school when it was too dangerous to go into the playground for fear of a ball flying at your head. Ducking and screaming when you have a load of kids watching you is even more embarrassing than when the ball whacked you in the head in front of the boy you fancied when you were 13.
3. The Equipment.
Parks are actually pretty dangerous, every one I go into seems to have a climbing frame that allows toddlers to climb up only to find a gap in the bars risking them falling to the ground. Then there is the risk of them running in front of swings, falling over on the roundabout and trying to climb the steps to a slide that is far too high. Not to mention trying to escape, why don’t the gates have locks on or at least a door that is too heavy for kids to open?!
4. No Chance To Sit Down
Because of the risks mentioned above you have to follow your toddler round and keep an eye on them at ALL times meaning that you can’t just sit down and enjoy the sun.
5. Condoms and Glass
Unfortunately parks are also where the teenagers of today like to hang out after dark, I can’t really comment on this too much as it’s where I spent most of my weekends when I was young but I really wish they would clean up after themselves. I have found smashed glass and a CONDOM in my local park. I have no idea if it had actually been used or not but I had to use a carrier bag to dispose of it which is quite frankly revolting. Yesterday I also found a piece of chewing gum that had been unwrapped and left there as a choking hazard for children.
Of course I still take her because she loves it and seeing her this happy is worth it – only until I can afford to buy play equipment for my own garden though!