I took Nathan to our local tot lot the other day. He loves this place. I love it too because it's only 4 blocks from our house and it's soft-surface. This is great because apparently 16 month old boys have NO FEAR!
Anyway, I've detailed before the "playground moms" and their um, etiquette. I guess you could call it that. This summer, since Nathan is playing on the playground equipment, I've noticed the different cultures of the little kids at the park. In particular, there were these two girls, I'm pretty sure they were sisters. My guess is that they were 3 and 4. They absolutely would not let Nathan climb on the equipment. They implored me "TAKE HIM OFF! WE'RE PLAYING!" Because my kid is little enough to not care, I just removed him. But then, oh Nathan, then he returned. "IT'S OUR TURN TO PLAY!"
Where was their mom or dad? Once again, I diverted Nathan and was (fortunately) successful. It wasn't that big of a deal - really - but, the culture of the park, where parents just don't pay any attention to their kids? I don't get it. But, check with me in 3 years and maybe I will.