Rain today and yesterday reminds me that owners of malls and some restaurants are nuts for not having a play area for children. I admit the little ones can do a lot of damage in a short time… but, and this is the point, it guarantees parents with money in their pockets-or at least charge cards-will go there. Why? Because we will do anything to get the kids out of the house and to a place where they can exert a lot of energy. Preferably it’s a place with padded carpeting and straight jackets for the parents-okay not the second one. I can’t tell you how many times we have picked Burger King over any other nearby fast food place solely because of the indoor playground. Charlotte can’t even reach the platforms to get up to the plastic tunnels but inevitably some bigger kids or petite parents (this would not be me!) assist her. I know what some of you are thinking. Yes, I have heard the stories about all the germs in these shared play areas. But guess what? Charlotte puts her hands all over the restrooms in these joints and we know they’re no cleaner. The other plus is hanging out with the other moms and dads you always end up having an interesting conversation with about sleep habits, bratty behavior, controlling siblings, you name it. These are topics that you can’t bring up just anywhere. But on a bench in the mall’s kids’ zone, they are welcome discussions. I always love the feeling I get when I exchange glances with another mom or dad or grandparent. Yes, these kids are wild but what are we going to do about it… what can we do about it? I guess just keep taking them to BK, McDonald’s, Von Maur’s train table and the library. See you there!
Posted under Baby Thomas: Month 8
This post was written by Tara on March 24, 2009