DO dress appropriately for the park.
DONT put your children in good clothes or even shoes because they will get ruined, well my kids enjoy destroying clothes.
DO take pictures of the kids at the park.
DONT instagram the photo straight away and forget the child to find them really high up dangling off the slide or worse in someones handbag (that's never happened..)
|Typical Swing pic!|
DO take food children are always hungry when active.
DONT take food because you will be a target for seagulls and dogs! Believe me Ive been nipped in the finger before from a hungry seagull after my pastry. The git.
DO encourage your child to break new boundaries by climbing up the high slide.
DON'T be browsing face box or instagram and not notice that first achievement (sorry kids).
|One of the many slide pictures I have obtained over the years.|
DON'T think you will get time to chat to them as your child is the one out the gate every two minutes.
DO remember the park is a good place to make friends.
DONT talk to anyone the park if they are there without children or dogs, or sometimes don't talk to anyone that is my motto. Some how they always find me and tell me there problems. Once I had someone ask if they could follow me in which I did decline the offer.
DONT take a magazine if you have a toddler as they will never let you read it. Or do what my children do and as soon as you open it they need a wee, a drink, some food or they are tired. Sometimes all at once please kids give me some peace.
DONT forget that the kids are there to enjoy themselves not to pose at every angle, move for the best lighting and have a massive smile.
DO tell them not to climb up the slide it delays the other kids and you will get evils from the other parents.
DONT forget that its a great achievement to climb up that massive slide, it takes a lot of skill and fearlessness to get up there, no matter how much the Old grannie wants to report you to social services.
DO take some toys depending on the length of the park stay at the park.
DONT expect your child to cry when some big kid has stolen there Buzz and won't give it back. Leaving you to try and communicate with Facebook mum, oye love watch your kids.
DO wear wellies and old clothes that you do not mind them wrecking.
DONT let the kids wear the new clothes you got them, yes the park is a nice setting to show of those new zara leggings but what you don't know is that they hate those tee pee leggings and want to cover the knees with mud!!
DO make sure they play with there siblings.
DONT encourage them ganging up on other kids, an example of this a child pushes one off your children then the other who could have been fighting with the sibling moments before will stick uo for that other said sibling as if they have been tight for years. Advice to other kids do not mess with toddler siblings at the park you will NEVER win.
DO watch out for rubbish at the park.
DONT forget that sometimes youth/ people/ animals use the park in the night so unless you want your toddler eating cigarette stubs and swinging the dregs of white lightning be vigilant.
DO dress appropriately regarding the weather, there is nothing worse than standing freezing cold at the park, or the opposite boiling hot. Ive risked the unshaven arm pit shame on more than one occasion.
SO here we are a little list of advice for going to the park. If you have anything you would like to add feel free or even some funny stories Please share I love writing these posts they make me laugh so so much.