Originally Posted by mamazee
Yeah. I don't get being upset with moms for having conversations with other adults while at the park. What's wrong with a mom visiting with a friend? We don't stop wanting to have adult conversations when we have kids.
This is another one of those threads that I can hardly believe is so controversial. It seems some peope get all hot under the collar for such petty reasons!
I visit with my friends (if I'm lucky to have some with me that day) and even *gasp* talk on the celphone sometimes at the park. Right now I'm with my kids pretty much 24/7 and I'm a single mom. If my kids are busy happily playng at the park, I like to take some mental space. It keeps me sane.
My kids go up the slide. *I* go up the slide. It's fun. Parks are meant to be fun. If my kids are being boorish, the fun isn't happening and the prupose of being there is defeated. So I intervene and guide them to more respectful, accountable behaviour. Pretty much the same way I do all the rest of the time
. And kids certainly do have the capacity to learn different codes of behaviour just as we all do---we behave differently in different circumstances. It's part of being human and last I checked, kids are human.