Today was pretty much the last straw. A child I’ll called Jamie (because it’s the only unisex name I can think of right now) follows my sons and I everywhere. It’s not just following, Jamie bosses us around, *do this, I want to do that, put my on the ride*.
Sounds ok, now imagine you’ve waited ten minutes for both swings to be empty because your youngest wants to “race mummy on the swings” and the second we sit down Jamie appears “my turn.” trying my very best to stay calm I say “My son and me are playing, please wait” so Jamie just asks again and again and a-flipping-gain! I have to walk away, we go to a different toy, a climbing wall. Guess what, yup! Jamie tries to push in and tells me “lift me up” so I suggest to my lad we do the zip wire, yes, the shadow follows and demands I put them on that too.
Then onto a roundabout, followed again. Just getting my youngest sat safely and Jamie screams “well push it then?!?!”
No way, I take my son and walk away immediately. I am NOT touching that child, nor pushing them on swings or lifting them on to climbing frames they can’t reach. Just no! I’m glad to say I never have, otherwise it could be argued I’ve encouraged Jamie’s clingyness…. But I’ve not.
This is every trip to the local park, and I’m seriously considering not going to that park anymore. The other park sadly is too far away for my youngest to walk to. This means I have to either keep being forced to babysit a child, or my sons lose outside play time! And I lose fun times with them, because this Jamie is left to run about alone. Please please please, let me play with my children in peace?
I would really love some ideas on getting Jamie away from us, because all I want to do now is rant at the parent. And that will not end well.
Do any of my lovely readers have experience of this? How did you make the shadow child leave you alone? Help!