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mediocremumatherbest Mon 16-May-16 16:09:58

Hi, my kids absolutely love going to the park and we usually go to several 3-4 times a week weather permitting. Who arranges the layout for these places though? Some are so dangerous and unthought out it's unreal! Yesterday for example we were at a play area with 4 very high swings (on long chains) yet they were positioned within arms reach of the gate. Kids just running far too close for my liking. There was a little boy no older than 2 and he just came running directly towards my daughters swing, mid swing and if I hadn't had my wits about me it would have sent him flying half a mile through the air! Another time a little girl nearly got hit by my other daughters swing and I had to stop it abruptly causing my daughter to come off the seat! I said to the little girl "just be careful darling because it almost hit you then" and the grandad just gave me the dirtiest look. Cockwomble. Has he ever seen a kid get hit full pelt in the head with a swing? I doubt it but I have. Last year same thing, only I wasn't as aware, plus I was pushing 2 swings and this kid was with both parents. He came running towards the swings and I couldn't possibly do anything to stop him getting smacked straight in the head. He was screaming in agony and his parents just sat on a bench comforting him. 2 minutes later I looked over sympathetically and his head looked like it had a golf ball attached to it! AIBU in thinking nobody watches their kids anymore? Is it any wonder the A&E departments are off their feet?
Am I just a paranoid twitchy pants?
If you'd seen this kid get battered by my kids swing I'm sure you'd be the same....

WorraLiberty Mon 16-May-16 16:15:55

Yes of course YABU to think 'nobody watches their kids any more'.

Those kids were obviously too little to realise the danger of running in front of a moving swing, so their carers should have been taking care of them.

WorraLiberty Mon 16-May-16 16:16:51

Posted too soo...

But that doesn't mean that nobody else watches their kids.

I assume you watch yours when they're near moving swings?

OneMagnumisneverenough Mon 16-May-16 16:19:17

As was it always - although in my day everything was positioned over nice hard wearing concrete and the swings were made of wood with massive chains for you to catch your hair in, and don't even start me on the death trap that was the witches hat.

Parks are natures way of teaching children about risk smile

mediocremumatherbest Mon 16-May-16 16:41:47

WorraLiberty of course I watch them! Is that a joke? I can't be responsible for watching everybody else's kids though. I'm all for nature and risk and all that, I don't wrap my kids in cotton wool... bit I'm sick of seeing so called carers not watch their kids. The first little boy's parents weren't even in the park. One wandered back with an ice cream and the mother appeared 5 minutes later oblivious that I'd almost used her son as a human catapult. I'm all for kids learning about awareness but nobody wants to see their toddler get hit in the face with a swing.

mediocremumatherbest Mon 16-May-16 16:44:02

Btw what is a witches hat? We had the horse when I was a kid but they've gone now too confused

WorraLiberty Mon 16-May-16 16:49:21

No it's not a joke.

I'm point out how ridiculous your question is - "AIBU in thinking nobody watches their kids anymore?"

Of course people watch their kids, you just experience some people who didn't.

OneMagnumisneverenough Mon 16-May-16 17:17:03

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