Like most two year olds Lyla loves a good party. She’s a big fan of cake, balloons and all the singing and dancing. We’ve reached the age within our circle of friends where the kids are having their birthday parties in playcentres. For those of you unfamiliar with playcentres they are fantastic places where kids can run free and go feral amongst the ball pits and slides no matter the weather leaving no mess for parents to tidy up. I’ll admit they sound like a living hell before you have kids but trust me they are a lifesaver.
So we have been to a few parties with Blair and Lyla recently and I’ll be honest I have struggled a little. It’s hard seeing little kids especially little girls running around in party dresses, red faced and with messy hair and generally having a fabulous time when Lyla can’t join in. After the first couple of parties we decided that enough was enough and damn it Lyla was going to join in the fun properly, which meant we were going to have to join in too.
So off Kris went up the play structure, holding Lyla kind of like a football while climbing up to tackle the slides. Lyla loves going on the slide at the park with me however play centre slides are a different breed of slide to the ones which live in the park, way longer, faster and with lots of up and down bits. None of this phased Lyla who thought the whole thing was hilarious even if it did look like she was going to bounce of Daddy’s knee at any moment!
The slide was a big hit as was the bouncy castle and the ball pit. Now when we go to birthday parties and playcentres Lyla joins in. We are learning that if we want her to be a ‘can do’ kid its up to us to show her that she can do everything the other kids can, she just has to do them a little differently.