At the playground: are you watching, playing, chatting, or working?
Yesterday, I felt that we enjoyed a rare moment at the playground, a moments when each member of the family was actually out there playing. Parents and kids alike, we were all monkeying on the bars and going down the slide. It was great, great fun.
To be honest, it is not a frequent occurrence, to find us adults out there playing. Many times, a stop at the park is time for the kids to get their wiggles out before dinner, to kill time between activities, to meet up with others so mamas/papas can visit while kids play, to buy a little time of distraction so working mamas/papas can check their email or return calls. Gosh - did it feel great to play!
Really, though, is the playground more just for kids in your experience? Do you use it as a way to find a distraction for them so you can do something else? Or, do you find yourself out on the playground with them, goofing off and playing all together?