As mum to a two-year old I spend a lot of time at parks and soft play centres. I am not much of a fan of either but sometimes, needs must be met.
Where possible I will organise playdates and catch ups with fellow parents to hawk-eye our respective children in between snatches of adult conversation and sips of coffee. On the days when I can’t get someone to come along for the ride, I’ll try my best to engage at Leo’s level before my mind inevitably wanders off. I love to see his happy little face having a great time but there is only so much enjoyment I get frolicking around in the dirt or the ball-pit.
As a curious and chatty sort, I’ll always check out the other parents to see if there are any potential friends to be made. Through my observations at child-centric play areas around my home town, I have come up with a definitive list of the five most common types of parent you’ll see – I’m on there – but which one are you??
“Ironing? Awesome!” and other things mums never say.
‘Hufflepuff’ by nature, this overly-friendly parent is to be found smiling and making polite chit-chat at the edge of the action in desperate hope someone (anyone) will join in to chat and be outraged by the latest MAFS news while pushing the little ones on the swings.
If you do not want to engage with The Seeker, do not make eye contact or they will be in your personal space, asking for your phone number quicker than you can say Cedric Diggory.
I am The Seeker so please come and chat to me if you too need some adult interaction in your day.
Down on the floor covered in sand or semi-wedged in the tunnel playing ‘chasey’, this parent makes everyone smile, but also feel really bad about their own lacklustre parenting.
The Kidult is the slightly sweaty, wild-eyed ‘fun dad’ or ‘fun mum’ having a ball with their little person. Watching them is exhausting and it’s hard to know if they genuinely love the park, or are just really great at acting.