I haven't figured this out yet . . .
I may never go to another large public park again. At least not during vacation, a weekend, or after school hours. Too many children at a park can turn into a scene from Lord of the Flies. Children pushing each other off elevated surfaces, smashing each other against safety bars, stick fights, and the constant threat of being trampled.
So I couldn’t blame G for wanting to get away from the playground madness and climb a hill instead.
The truth is I’m not sure I’ve ever been to a park as big as the one we went to today and I haven’t been on a crowded playground since I was eleven so I forgot what it was like. Maybe I’m just being paranoid, but large, crowded playgrounds, scare me as a parent because they’re the perfect place for perverts and sociopaths to kidnap kids without anyone noticing. I could just look down for a second, and all of a sudden my child is gone.
It’s definitely going to be a long time before I take my kids back, which is too bad because they really did have fun there.
Toddlers can get away from you pretty easily when they want to and they’re especially hard to catch in a crowd. I know I’m paranoid, but I’d rather be paranoid and keep my children safe than the sad parent on the evening news begging for information from strangers. I want to trust people, but I’ve just seen too many episodes of Criminal Minds.