A Trip to the Park with Alpha Mummy & Beta Mummy

It has been pretty good weather this summer, so we’ve been making the most of it and spending lots of time outside.  As I’ve said before, this is not because I am an Alpha-parent – far from it.  It simply means less time for my feral children to trash the house.  Our trips out have included plenty of visits to the beach, and approximately 47 trips to the park…

My children are…spirited.  I hate those stereotypes about boys being adventurous and boisterous and noisy and thrill-seeking, because I believe that girls can be all of those things too.  I also believe that boys can be mild-mannered and quiet and timid… However, my two feral children are none of those things – they are most definitely stereotypical “slugs and snails” boys.

 

My boys are the children you see climbing up the slide at the park, or spinning the roundabout as fast as it can possibly go.  They are the children that will find a hundred dangerous alternative ways to use playground equipment, and cause other parents to gasp in alarm at their antics.

 

The thing is, I genuinely think that it’s a good thing to let them do their own thing at the park, rather than following them around saying “Be careful darling – not too high” every five seconds.  That’s how they learn to risk-assess and work out their limitations – isn’t it?!  As long as they are not hurting other children, I don’t see the need to get involved with their games.  The park is where they (should) have the freedom to explore and test their capabilities in a relatively safe and contained manner.  It also happens to give me an opportunity to sit down and relax(ish) whilst keeping half an eye on them, in the knowledge that they are having fun and that they are letting off steam, exercising their little bodies and interacting with each other and with other kids.

 

It does piss me off when other parents feel the need to ask me if my child is “ok up there”, when they are fine and showing no signs of being otherwise.  They are clearly insinuating that I am being a lazy, neglectful mother.  I prefer to call it “laid back parenting”…

A doodle of Alpha Mummy and Beta Mummy at the park with their kids. Alpha Mummy's child are waiting patiently for their turn on things, whilst Feral Child number 1 has climbed onto the roof of the fort, and Feral Child number 2 is climbing up the slide. Beta Mummy is oblivious to this as she is looking at Twitter on her phone.

 

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19 Comments

  • Fran @ Whinge Whinge Wine 30/08/2016 at 7:00 am

    I have the fear – well, it’s already happening – that the small one will be like this. Big one would never climb too high. She’s a scaredy pants. They fit so neatly into the girl/boy stereotypes it’s depressing! #chucklemums

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  • Fran Back With a Bump 30/08/2016 at 7:45 am

    Love your pictures as always. I’m totally the sitting on a bench mum!! #chucklemums

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  • Mummy Muckups (Anna) 30/08/2016 at 7:50 am

    Ha!!! Has been an absolute gold mine finding a playground that my 4 & 3 yo can pretty much manage independently. It just gives me that down time to sit back and try to relax; time that we totally need during those long afternoons. #chucklemums

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  • Kelly 30/08/2016 at 7:53 am

    I actually choose which Park we go to carefully. One is awash with Alpha mummy’s who roll their eyes should you even glance at your phone. We avoid that one #Chucklemums

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  • Right Royal Mother 30/08/2016 at 9:10 am

    NG is never particularly adventurous and likes to dig with a teaspoon in the sandpit for six hours. NG eats all the sand and climbs all the things. I quite like both approaches… but it definitely pisses me off when other parents ask you if your child’s ok. I love playgrounds but actually NL is the real pain in the arse when we go as he barks and barks when we go in and I have to leave him outside with a bone that costs more than any coffee I might buy for myself as he’s so jealous. #chucklemums

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  • notaneffingfairytale 30/08/2016 at 9:44 am

    THIS IS MY LIFE TOO!

    #chucklemums

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  • Donna Mills 30/08/2016 at 10:29 am

    My eldest is the slide climber and I’m deffo the bench sitter lol #chucklemums

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  • Emma 30/08/2016 at 11:43 am

    Haha, I have two girls and they do not fit in with the stereotypes at all. They are also very much feral and like to climb to the top of the slides, the wrong way, much to the annoyance of all the alpha mummies. However, I love that they are loud and spirited and wouldn’t have it any other way.

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  • Becca | Pears and Chocolate Sauce 30/08/2016 at 12:46 pm

    I totally feel I am being judged when I’m in my phone in the park! (Still do it though.) But I think you’re right, kids need the time to figure things out for themselves, explore and investigate on their own! #triballove

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  • James Hopes 30/08/2016 at 4:04 pm

    Easiest way to use phone at park whilst being unjudged is to hold it in direction of child as if photographing / videoing the lovely memories, even though you are actually looking at Twitter. Excellent post as always! #chucklemums

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  • One Messy Mama 30/08/2016 at 4:39 pm

    Can I admit that I always look at your pictures first and then go on to read your posts! I seriously have a secret crush on your drawings 🙂 haha! My boys are the same, they will find the highest point to climb or the most dangerous way to play on a park toy. But hey, at least all their energy is released at the park and I get to take 2 calm boys home! Again, another great post! #chucklemums

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  • Mouse, Moo and Me Too 30/08/2016 at 8:14 pm

    Remember when Mouse used to be clingy and meek and timid? No longer. She’s discovered the fucking zip wire and it brings me out in a rash. She’s going to let go and crack her head open, I just know it…

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  • Jenny 30/08/2016 at 8:43 pm

    Greg ONLY wants to climb up the slide but because he’s only a tot, I have to help him! That causes a few tsks because I should know better!

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  • Jenny 30/08/2016 at 8:44 pm

    #chucklemums

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  • Fizzyjazzle 30/08/2016 at 9:04 pm

    I hate the park. My child is a lunatic and gives me frights all the time! He issuer clumsy and will do silly stuff just for shits and giggles already – he’s 2! I swear other mummies have social services number poised for calling everytime we go there! #triballove

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  • Twicemicrowaved tea 30/08/2016 at 9:10 pm

    I love that the Alpha Mummies have matching clothes, handbags and shoes! You’re completely right – how will they know their limits if we don’t just let them get on with it. Laid back parenting is the way to go! #chucklemums

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  • Nursery Whines 31/08/2016 at 7:04 am

    Let them run wild and free, I say. I get tut tuts just for pushing my daughter ‘too high’ on the swings. But I look forward to the day I can sit down while she amuses herself. #Chucklemums

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  • Mads 02/09/2016 at 2:26 pm

    Riding the bench all the damn day!

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  • Dave - Dad's Turn 03/03/2017 at 6:57 am

    So true. Love these posts! Letting them have a little freedom is good for everyone

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