I have to be honest, I can be a pretty good helicopter mom, especially when it comes to the playground. I have probably mentioned before that I come from a long line of female fretters – so it is only natural for me to worry. When I watch Stella on the playground, I cannot help but imagine all the scenarios in which she will fall down, get hurt or break a bone. Which is one of the major reasons I am pretty stressed about Stella heading off to kindergarten in the fall.
Watching Stella play on the playground the other day, I realized that my fears are in vain (although a good way to burn calories). Stella climbs around on the playground like a little monkey, sure-footed and confident. She knows her limits and is actually quite coordinated. I also think the two or so years of gymnastics have paid off. She has some pretty good skills and can navigate the bars very well.
It was that moment that I realized Stella will be just fine in kindergarten. She will be able to hold her own and navigate the playground without any massive injury. Now, I am still going to worry – it is just who I am. But at least I can worry a little less about the playground.