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True Life: I'm a Mom with Playground Anxiety - The February Fox
One of the things I love most about my son is his innate kind behavior towards other children. If another kid rips a toy out of his hand, he smiles at them and finds another toy. When he sees a new face, he says, “Hi, here you go,” as he hands them a toy car or doll. If he gets knocked down, he stands up, laughs, and runs onto the next thing. He’s as easygoing as it gets when interacting with kids his age and we don’t feel like we’ve had to teach him those qualities which is such a blessing. So why do I have playground anxiety? The truth is: communicating with other parents scares the daylights out of me. I’ve always struggled with social anxiety, but throw a hefty dose of opinionated parents into the mix and I feel like I’m playing roulette. No amount of preparation or experience will help with the curve balls aimed at me through simple conversations. The most stressful thing to me is trying to understand boundaries. When a child pulls a toy out of my son’s hand, I quickly assess the look in the other parent’s eyes to figure out if I should …