Nothing like a judgemental title to catch your attention. As we all know, there are so many varying ways and degrees of parenting, however, none more complicated to define than the 'lazy parent' category.
This style of parenting presents itself in such a bevy of ways that sometimes it can be confused with so many other styles of parenting, for example, the parent who buys their child the latest fishing rod, cricket set (insert your choice) may at first glance be seen as the over indulgent parent. However, the lazy parent is quite happy to make these purchases but never actually takes their child fishing or plays with them in a game of street, backyard or beach cricket.
At present I am displaying many qualities of the lazy parent, you see, I have paid $40 for two of my children to balance, climb, roll, jump, fly, balance and flip at one these colourful, busy, gymnasium type places targeted at kids. The place is filled with trampolines, rock walls, nets, sky walks, obstacle courses and approximately 673 screaming children. My $40 ensures that I can enjoy a mediocre coffee and be pretty much left alone for nearly a solid hour with the exception of ensuring fluids are kept up and the occasional “Mum, can you watch me do.......”.
As I look around there are all types of parents frequenting this establishment. We've got the parents who have come as a group and are hoping to engage in a micro-second of conversation with other adults before tending to the endless needs of their small children. We've got the “I just paid $20, now leave me alone whilst I play on my phone” parent. Over in the climbing section we've got the parent who is training the next Edmund Hillary and let's hope that poor child doesn't put a foot wrong or I think she might be hearing about it all day!!! Of course, we have our normal helicopter and lawnmower parents – a place like this must be torture for this particular category of parents. We also have our extremely interactive, over the top parents who want to be their child's best friend by reliving their own childhood movements, forgetting the fact that they are now in their early forties. Finally we have our 'photo' parents who are chasing and uploading the 'perfect' photo of their 'perfect' angel, doing the 'perfect' pose whilst living the 'perfect' life through social media.
So, as we have established, there are many styles and categories of parenting and just for fifty seven minutes I am indulging in the benefits of the lazy parenting. Cheers.