I have become what I have always despised. A helicopter mom. In case you don't know what this is, it's a mom who hovers over her children during play, ready to swoop in and direct things at any given moment.
Now, in my defense, I do this with Eloise purely out of the concern for the safety for other children. I don't tell Eloise what to do unless it involves her or some other child's imminent safety. However, to other people, I probably look like I'm just hovering above her not giving her the space the needs. Blech.
Last week at the playground someone recommended to me I check out toddler gym time at the local community center so my friends and I could sit and relax while the kids play. Um, yeah, riiiiight. There is nothing at all relaxing for me about letting my children play in a playroom! Even with Iris, who didn't try and beat the crap out of other children when she was a toddler, was still watched very closely because on more than one occasion she was smashed over by other kids. Presumably their parents were under the mistaken impression that toddler gym time was actually a good time to sit and relax while their little darlings took out other kids like it was each child for himself in there. Annoying.
So, the point of this whole post is, I'm taking Eloise to an open gym this morning. Wish us luck.