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11 Types of Moms at the Playground - From The Stir

Posted by on May. 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM
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11 Types of Moms at the Playground
Posted by Michele Zipp on May 13, 2012 at 8:45 AM
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One of the things no one told me about becoming a mom is that it will make you feel like you are back in high school again. When you first go to the playground with your kids, that is. You're the newbie mom (or dad) and it seems that all the other parents and caretakers there already know each other. You are the outcast. Like the kid in the lunchroom who has no one to sit next to. How do you break the ice? Do you talk to the people with kids around the same age? Or maybe you size up the mom and think ... yeah, she seems like someone I would get along with.

Either way it's hard to make a connection when you often have to run off in different directions to stop your little one from stealing the ball from the older kids at the park. But you look for similarities, ways you are alike, and try to make some parent friends. In doing so I realized how there is 11 types of moms (dads, even caretakers) at the playground ... and these types seem to be standard no matter where I go.

1. Fancy Mom

She's in high heels, her makeup looks perfect, and you really want to know where she bought her clothes. You envy the fact she can run after her kids in a dress and still manage to look like a gazillion bucks.


2. Pajama Mom

She's comfy, cozy, and maybe doesn't match, but she doesn't care. She gives you ideas on what sweats would look best with what t-shirt.


3. Always Coffee In Hand Mom

She's the envy of every tired parent at the playground because she always has her cup of Joe. But it does make some wonder ... is it really coffee?

4. Cell Phone Mom

This mama cannot deconnect from her phone -- talking or texting or scrolling. Maybe it's for work, maybe it's some social network, maybe she's reading the mobile version of a magazine, but she's on the phone so much you start to believe she does have eyes on the back of her head.

5. Photo Taking Mom

This mom must have full photo albums for each day because she's snapping a picture from every angle, for every step her little one takes.

6. "Ack! Where Are My Kids?!" Mom

Let's just say this mom isn't paying a lot of attention to her kids.

7. Hovering Mom

And let's just say this mom is the definition of a helicopter parent, not letting her child take one step without being rightherenexttoher.

8. Peter Pan Mom

Fun, free-spirited mom isn't afraid to slide down the slide, get sand in her toes while building sand castles, and really get into playing at the park.

9. Loner Mom

This type makes no eye contact, and never smiles at the other parents. It's clear she doesn't want to be involved with even the smallest of talk.

10. Super Friendly Mom

Quick to smile and say hello, Super Friendly Mom remembers how old your kids are and even their names. She's the mom who will text you asking for playdates.

11. Entourage Mom

This mom rolls with at least two other moms wherever she goes. It's hard to tell whose kid belongs to who in this group but they're tight and are like the cool kids in the lunchroom.

I think I've been every one of these moms at one time or another. Even Loner Mom ... on those super cranky days.

Which type(s) of mom do you think you are? What other types of moms have you run into at the playground?

 

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Uhura
by Member on May. 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Peter Pan mom, totally. If my kids are playing, so am I!

I suppose you could also call me a loner, not because I don't want to be friendly though. My problem is, most people don't use sign language and they're not usually willing to even let me try to communicate with them. 

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jpalmer
by Member on May. 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I would talk to you...lol...i know sign language...my grandfather lost his hearing at a rapid rate, my kom is losing hers faster now that she's 50, and i have lost 30% of my hearing so far and i'm 28...lol

And i'm the friendly/peterpan momma...i love to play at the park right along with my kiddos...

I'm also the first aide momma...i'm a sahm mom with an RN (plus my youngest has IDD and my middle is half blind)...so i always carry a first aide kit in my bag...lol


Quoting Uhura:

Peter Pan mom, totally. If my kids are playing, so am I!

I suppose you could also call me a loner, not because I don't want to be friendly though. My problem is, most people don't use sign language and they're not usually willing to even let me try to communicate with them. 

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SassyWildflower
by on May. 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I'm both 5 & 8! lOl

Uhura
by Member on May. 14, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Feel free to join us at the playground sometime then. ;-) I always have a notepad and pencil on hand for communicating with people who don't use sign. Most of them just aren't willing to take the effort. Which is bad considering I'm the only one who has to write, I can hear them just fine, long as my hearing aids are in. 

Quoting jpalmer:

I would talk to you...lol...i know sign language...my grandfather lost his hearing at a rapid rate, my kom is losing hers faster now that she's 50, and i have lost 30% of my hearing so far and i'm 28...lol

And i'm the friendly/peterpan momma...i love to play at the park right along with my kiddos...

I'm also the first aide momma...i'm a sahm mom with an RN (plus my youngest has IDD and my middle is half blind)...so i always carry a first aide kit in my bag...lol


Quoting Uhura:

Peter Pan mom, totally. If my kids are playing, so am I!

I suppose you could also call me a loner, not because I don't want to be friendly though. My problem is, most people don't use sign language and they're not usually willing to even let me try to communicate with them. 


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Kristi483
by Silver Member on May. 14, 2012 at 7:19 AM
I have been a lot of them. Not the one who doesn't know where her kids are but I don't hover either. And probably not the Fancy one or the pajama one (I never dress up. But I never go out in pajamas or sweats either) Probably mostly 8
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mjimaging
by Melissa on May. 14, 2012 at 8:43 AM
I'd say photo mom and super friendly mom. But I never go to the park. I can strike up a concersation with any one though.
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ForeverInLove
by Patsy on May. 14, 2012 at 9:39 AM

I can't say I'm any of them.... lol.

I do walk around to keep an eye on my kids, but I have a small boy and a toddler girl. I'm just keeping an eye on them, not actually stopping their every move. I take pictures if they are doing something neat, but I also text or call if I get one. lol. 

Hmm...

flowerfunleah
by Leah on May. 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I've never been the Fancy Mom and probably more often than not the Loner Mom but just as often the Super Friendly Mom!

piercedbeauty21
by Shaye on May. 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I'm totally 5, 8 and 9 lol

Bncholbert
by Member on May. 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM
photo mom, superfriendly mom, loner mom, hover mom, peterpan mom lol
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