Facing Playground Fears

I faced one of my fears today: a green pole at a playground. We’ve come to this park many times, and my son always begs me to slide down the daunting pole. When I get to the top of the play structure, the ground looks super far away, and I always decline. “That isn’t something grown-ups have to do,” I rationalize. Today, however, I changed my mind. Later, on the other side of the park, whining and shaking, my son refused again to attempt the rock-climbing wall. I decided to climb it first to show him proper technique (what can I say, I’m super athletic when it comes to tiny rock walls). Then, he asked me again to face the pole. I figured if he was conquering his fears, I should too. And do you know what? Both of us felt stronger and more confident leaving the park.


An Unconventional form of Service

Play on the Playground: I’m certainly not going to do this every day, but after sliding down the pole and climbing the rock wall, I was motivated to play. We went down the large tunnel slide several times, and both my kids loved it. The time passed quickly, and once I got over myself and my fear, we had a blast at the park. Some days we try to do bigger service projects, and some days, we conquer our park fears.



What are some small ways that you bond with your kids? Do you have any fun playground stories? I’d love to hear them, and if you’d like daily ideas on sharing kindness, follow us on Instagram. Also, if you are interested, click here to start a Family Service Club of your own. Thank you so much for reading, and let’s go love people on purpose.

About Kellie Van Atta

Kellie Van Atta is a wife, a mom of two, and a teacher of English. She lives in Southern California and is passionately dedicated to teaching her kids to love others.

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