While the children were playing in the park and I sat with Milo, I got to spend time doing one of my favourite things, people watching! There were lots of parents all over the park, obviously as it’s the holidays, and I found myself playing spot the parent!
The Hands on parent, dressed in walking shoes and a waterproof jacket – Right in there with their child climbing and having fun. Very organised with their coffee in a thermos cup!
Parenting from the bench – shouting to get their child’s attention, on their phone glancing up occasionally to check that their child is still in the park.
The one that would be your friend – The one that you’d have a cuppa and a gossip with. They have things under control and look good doing it. Oh and “where did you get your dress from?”.
The Over protector – Shadowing their child, not letting them out of their sight and cautious about their every move because they might get mud on their hands.
The one that’s not dressed at all for the park – ready for date night! There’s absolutely no way they could chase after their child if they needed to, but I would love to see them try!
The “I have no control over my child and have given up” parent. Chasing around after their child who is running rings around them, looking like they may burst into tears at any moment. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?!?
Just the free sprit parent and the loud talker and I would have had a full house! We all parent differently and no way is right or wrong, it’s whatever works for you and yours. I’m pretty sure that at some point I’ve been all of these types of parents, depending on what day it is!