My latest article is out in Essential Baby – “I Hate Playgroup”.
Then there’s the competitiveness of toddler milestones at playgroup. I’m a second-time parent, so look at all the ‘adult words’ I don’t give about how old my toddler was when he matched shapes in a developmental toy.
Speaking of toddlers, I don’t like all the pained politeness parents put on when adjudicating squabbles between children. I want parents at playgroup to lose it a little (just a little) – preferably not at a toddler, but maybe at the swing set itself, because the kids are having trouble sharing right now. I would like less passive aggression and more honest exasperation from parents.
Actually, I’d like more honest everything at playgroups. There can be a stifling sense of fear in the air, I have found, and it ranges all the way from a fear of germs to a fear of being different. But this conformity, though borne of vulnerability, is silencing enough to cause another vulnerability all of its own – the fear that you are freakishly alone.
Also, I have been doing a stint on a parenting panel on ABC 612 radio and if you are just dying to know what I think about being bored and angry with your kids then you’re in luck.. that was this week’s topic and the podcast should be up soon.