I have to ask you a pretty honest question: Am I the only mom bored out of her mind at the playground?
I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love spending time with my son, but I remember asking one of my mom friends a couple of years ago: "Am I going to be visiting the playground every day from now on? Is this my life?"
Okay, so if you’re like me and don’t love going to the playground, what can you do about it?
One answer would be not going. Sure. But let’s face it: sometimes it’s just an easy way to get the kids out of the house and give them something to do.
Usually, what I end up seeing when we get to the park is most parents staring down at their phones while their little ones are playing and running around. Don’t worry, I’m guilty of it too!
But my whole perspective has changed since this happened the other day at the playground...
I was pushing my son on the swing and there was a mom next to me who was doing the same, except that between each swing push, she would go into a deep squat and exhale deeply. She probably got to do at least 50 squats... WOW… then her kid decided to go on the slide and she started to run around the playground. GO GIRL!
I love being inspired by other moms and what she did was totally open my mind about the POSSIBILITIES that are available everywhere at any moment of our lives.
Instead of falling into your same pattern of “bring kid to the playground and hop on your phone while they play”, why not change things up and play with them?
Now, I believe most of us moms ultimately don’t do this because of what others will think about us. Listen, I’m the mom who was watching her and I thought: "She doesn’t need to find child care, she doesn’t need to pay a gym membership. What a brilliant idea!"
Of course, other parents were staring at her but she was totally oblivious. This mom was rocking it and she probably had the tightest butt of all in that park!
What mom doesn’t struggle to squeeze in a workout during the week? I know I do. I don’t want to wake up at 6 am and I feel exhausted in the evening. Can you relate?
So thank you, anonymous mom from the playground. Thank you for reminding me that our limitations never come from lack of time or having kids to take care of. They come from our choices.
I decided that next time I’ll find myself at the park, instead of being bored, I will try the following plan:
1. Set a goal to put my phone away and be present.
2. Make the playground my personal jungle gym. (Monkey bars are my new best friends!)
3. Bring enough healthy snacks and water to share with my little one.
Who’s joining me?