You don’t know what fear is until you let two young boys loose at the playground.
“Don’t jump – it’s too high!”
“Watch your step… no pushing!”
“Slow down, you’re going to bump into something or someone!”
“STOP! Just STOP!”
(All words bellowed by me at one time or another while taking my kids to the local park.)
And you know what? I’m not alone. According to a recent survey of 500 Canadian moms with at least one child between the ages of 2 and 10, 71% have pain on the brain according to POLYSPORIN’s Healing Index, with the majority expressing that they are concerned about their children getting hurt while playing. In fact, 8 out of 10 mothers monitor their children closely with the aim to prevent any kind of physical harm. Sounds like you? Me too!
However, I know that the playground is an important place for child development, and want my kids to have freedom when playing even if it leads to getting hurt. Minor cuts and scrapes are part of being a kid! And I do realize that while accidents aren’t always preventable, I can do my best to kiss those boo-boos better.
Are you a helicopter parent? Like me, do you fall into the trap of being “too cautious” with your children? Join @PolysporinCA for the #PolyHealingIndex Twitter Party, where we’ll chat about the value and benefits of outdoor play!
Co-hosting the chat is Dr. Shimi Kang MD (@drshimikang), author of #1 Bestseller The Dolphin Parent. She’ll be on hand to share her best tips for letting go of those parental fears, and if minor mishaps do happen, how to treat/comfort the kiddos.
Of course we’ll have some amazing prizes up for grabs! We’re giving away 4 x #PolyHealingIndex prize baskets valued at $90 each. In it, you’ll find a variety of Polysporin products, plus a $50 Walmart Gift Card! RSVP below for a chance to win, and we’ll see you on Tuesday night.