Jun 3, 2013

10 Types of Moms at the Park

What happens when you're a mom and you move to a new city and you don't know anyone yet? You spend many days at the park just to get out of the house and hoping you will meet someone who wants to talk to you. Ah adult conversation, how I miss thee!

I feel like a scientific observer lately when I'm at the park. My kids are at an age where I can sit back and relax a little. Not much since I'm sorely outnumbered and I do a constant one, two, three count of my kids. And yes I still do a mini freak-out when I can't find kid number three within 3 seconds of looking. So when I'm watching my kids, I also watch the other moms. And I've noticed that there are several types of moms at the park.

Now full disclosure, I have been 7 out of 10 of these moms at one point or another. I'm not proud of that, just stating the facts!

The 10 Types of Park Moms

1. Helicopter mom - She's never far from her kid watching him/her like a hawk. You will find her surrounded by the other helicopter moms. And she's only half listening to the other helicopter moms' conversation since she is so preoccupied with her kid. If you're still having a hard time spotting her, she's the one saying be careful every few minutes.


2. Busy mom - She's working on something at the park. It might be her phone, or tablet but she is preoccupied. She looks up from time to time to check on her kid but she never leaves her spot.

3. Mom of multiple children - She's counting her kids constantly. You'll recognize her pushing two kids on the swings while the third kid screams for a turn.

Sometimes she can convince the big sister to do the pushing!

4. Unprepared mom - She doesn't have sand toys or snacks. Her kids try to take toys and food from the other kids.

What? No sand toys?

5. New mom again - She has a newborn and an older kid. New mom again spends her time mostly with the baby while watching her older kid praying that the older kid won't take off on her. When that happens she has a Sophie's Choice situation on her hands, abandon the baby or rescue the kid? Trips to the park are very stressful for this park type mom.

6. The police mom - She corrects all the kids. No going up the slide. We slide down on our bottoms. No throwing sand. Don't go over the rock wall! Sometimes the police mom will disguise herself as passive aggressive mom. When that happens know that it is time to relocate to another section of the park. Fast!


7. The grandma - She's the worst of the bunch. Every move the kid makes is impending doom. Look out! Careful! Don't climb so high! And what's worse, one day we will all become one. Crap!

8. The social mom - She came for adult interaction. Her twins are running on the basket ball court 10 feet away and she doesn't even know it.

9. The playful mom - She's sliding down the slides and building sand castles with her kid. This is the mom all the kids flock to. Newsflash, the playful mom doesn't want to watch/play with your kids for you. She really just wants to play with her kids.


10. Photographer mom - She will leave with 100 pictures of the day at the park. Only 2 will be Facebook worthy but it was totally worth it. Later all her friends on Facebook will roll their eyes looking at the pictures of yet another park outing.

Not FB worthy!

Now as I said that at one point or another I have fit into 7 of these categories. Here are a few of my categories. When Isabella was two years old and I had infant twins, I fit #5 to a T! I'm pretty sure I'm suffering from post traumatic stress from that time in my life.

When Mark was learning how to walking and I had three kids under the age of four, I was a helicopter mom. I had to watch Mark like a hawk since he fell every few seconds and needed my help to maneuver the steps and slide. Those were some serious stressful trips since I couldn't abandon Mark and the girls wanted my attention too. I quickly learned not to go to the park without help during that time. Thankfully, I'm no longer a helicopter mom since his motor skills have greatly improved.

I am always unprepared mom in some way, shape, or size. I never have snacks but ever since we moved I keep the sand toys in the car so we are covered there. Hats, yeah I don't think of them until I see other kids wearing them. But this Coppertone Water Mom always has sunscreen so that make me less of a slacker right? And clearly I take way too many pictures of my kids at the park, just ask my Facebook friends!

So what kind of park mom are you? Do you fit into multiple categories too?

18 comments:

  1. Ha ha ha, I am DEFINITELY Photographer Mom. Only my pictures end up on countless DVDs for Grandmas. Ah, the editing.

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    1. Mine end up in the trash file. Most of them are blurry or the kids aren't looking. Sometimes I get both in the same picture!

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  2. Im all of these moms except the helicopter mom, the GMA, and the police mom one! great post! =D loved every word

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    1. Thanks! I don't care if kids are going up the slide-you since they're mine. But when kids are being aggressive or rude then I become policemom.

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  3. Haha! I fit in a few categories as well! Luckily, I haven't met too many of those more unpleasant types.

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    1. It only takes one time meting passive aggressive mom to learn to ignore her. But I admit that when kids are aggressive, I turn into policemom real fast.

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  4. I'm working really hard to stop being a helicopter mom. I'm definitely the playful mom though! We were at an event where they brought kiddie pools and filled them with water to fill water guns for a water gun fight. I got soaked but had a blast playing with the kids!

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    1. You are the playful mom! I could learn something from you on that one.

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  6. Totally guilty of Helicopter Mom, as well as Busy Mom and Playful Mom....and with my new DSLR, I'm sure Photographer Mom is on her way!

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    1. I love that you have the ability of being a helicopter mom and a busy mom! One day I just know I'll be happy I tool all those pictures at the park.

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  7. Ahhhhhhhh I'm the Worst?!?! I'm the Grandma.... thankfully I'm not that grandma.... I'm a on the slide and getting buried in the sand grandma. I know not to make the face or make the Ohhh noise when Alice falls... I'm pretty prepared with snacks and sunblock. I'm taking way way WAY too many photos. I never get talked to .... ummmmm Now I know why!! LOL.... Grandma was the dreaded kid on the playground. I love your list. I am headed to the park with a notepad I'll figure out who is who!!

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    1. Well there always has to be someone that is the exception to the rule :) My mom and mother in law also always have snacks, sunscreen, and take picture so maybe there is hope for me to stop being the unprepared mom.

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  8. I'm the twin mommy but I know my kids are at the basketball court - its safer then playing with their super aggressive little sister! I've evolved into and out of half of these - great round up! I'm the late mom who forgets the sunscreen but keeps the sand toys in the car and am armed with snacks (bribes) for the seagulls (kids) at the park!

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    1. Yeah, the basketball court story was me two weeks ago. oops! I can't even remember my kids' snacks let alone food for the birds.

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  9. I tend to be the 'playful' mom, unless it's straight after work and there is no way on earth I am sliding in a pencil skirt and heels.

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  10. Honestly, I'm usually #8, but not that bad. My good friend and I take our kids to the park and tell them "You get to play with your friends and I get to talk with mine." The kids enjoy getting together and we have learned how to hold a conversation while being interrupted every five minutes. :)

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