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I warned you, this is dumb. But I need some help!
My DS is 14.5 months and just getting his walking legs going and trying to run, etc. He more hurtles himself through space, than walks! We go to a local park and play in the sand and he walks on the cement surrounding the park. B/c he is new at walking, I need to be there with him for safety. He also still eats most things so poisonous plants and dog poops - I need to make sure I'm not missing that he put something in his mouth.
My problem is that there are always other moms there with their older children (17 months+) and they are nice and want to converse with me but I'm running around after DS and can't really talk. I would like to but so far, each time I try to do both, DS ends up getting really hurt by falling in a split second I'm trying to look and converse, or he is eating something dangerous. Because the other mom's children are older, they are making sand castles or are able to walk without as much supervision and it creates a big difference in what the mom can do (like sit on the bench and talk or whatever).
I probably am not the best at talking and focusing on DS, I admit, but this is a real problem so far. I thought that it would be obvious and familiar to these moms that I just can't have a normal conversation (can anyone with a 14.5 month old???) but they don't seem to get it. they ask me lots and lots of questions that I have a hard time answering and then I feel obligated to ask them questions so I don't look rude.
Should I just blow it off and focus on my child? Explain that I can't talk right now, I'm so sorry? I know this is stupid but it's bothering me and it is so much easier to be there without any other kids or moms. Nothing negative happens when we're alone there.