Yesterday was the first full day of spring and the only nice day all week, so I decided to take full advantage of that and took the girls to the zoo. Of course, my poor boys were stuck going to school all day while we lived it up at the zoo. But, hopefully they will forgive me with time.
It had rained earlier in the day but cleared up to become a warm early spring day with temperatures in the mid to upper 60's. We really had an awesome time together! It was so nice to hang out with my girls and soak up some fresh air.
As usual, I packed our lunches. When it was time to eat, we found a picnic table and sat down. As we ate, I enjoyed people watching and eavesdropping on conversations as people walked by. It so happens that the table we chose was near a puddle of water left by the rain earlier in the day. Of course, nearly every child who walked through there had to splash in the puddle. The differing reactions among the parents was very amusing to me.
Here are a few:
1) Some parents made a deliberate attempt to teach their child how to step over the puddle and avoid it all together
2) Some parents scolded their child for jumping in the puddle
3) Other parents laughed as they watched their child splash
4) I even saw one mom join in with her child and they splashed in the puddle together.
So, there were these kind of parents and pretty much everything in between as well. It got me thinking about how everyone parents so differently, but each with good intentions and our own ideas.
What kind of parent are you? No judgment- I am not saying any one style is right or wrong. I am just curious to hear your thoughts.
I suppose that means I need to answer as well. I wish I could be the type who joined in with my child, but I have to be honest that I don't think I would. I think I would have humored my child and let them jump a few times and then probably would have encouraged them to walk on.
Your turn... leave a comment below and tell me your thoughts!
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