Do you play on playground equipment WITH your kids?
My girlfriend and I took our 3, 4 and 5 year old to a park. We sat on a bench and chatted while the kids played. There were about a dozen other kids there of the same ages. I noticed several other mothers actively playing ON the swings, slides and other equipment with their kids. I think this is really fucked up. I mean pushing your kids on the swing is one thing, but this is crazy to me.
I like taking my kids to the park so they can socialize with other kids. Not other mothers.
I think it's weird that my kids have to wait in line to go down the slide so that someone's mother can go too.
I think hovering over your kid impeeds their social development and the whole cause/effect/physics lesson that playing in a park teaches.
I think it's important for a kid to learn to introduce themselves to new friends. Not have someone's mother making the introduction for them.