Where do the birthdays go? They seem to come round much more frequently than once a year, and my children are growing up far too fast for my liking! My girl, especially, is turning into a young lady (or a grumpy teenager – ask me on a good or bad day and you’ll get a different answer!) almost as I watch, and as she hit double figures recently I was struggling to know what to get her for the big day. Until I asked her. What she most wanted, in all the world, was a swing.
The best wooden swing
I’ve run the gauntlet of technology with my children, the birthday gifts getting ever more sophisticated, until I’ve wondered what on earth there will be left to buy them when they’re 15! But every now and then they surprise me by craving some of life’s simpler pleasures, and it puts a smile on my face. Such was GG’s 10th birthday request. She just wanted a space of her own in the garden, to swing. But where would I find a swing sturdy enough for a 10 year old?
I remember as a child having an iron swing embedded into the ground. It was so much better than all the swings in my friends’ gardens. Flimsy frames with tiny clips that barely clawed at the lawn, that frequently tipped over if you did much more than a gentle sway. I did not want one of those for my girl. Besides, what if I wanted to have a go?
I found the answer in the TP Round Wooden swing. Not only does it look good, it comes with metal fixings that you embed into the ground. We dug down a little and filled each small hole with concrete for extra stability, and as the frame settles into place it will feel even more firmly lodged. With this swing you can choose what to have at each station, and we chose a swing seat, and a trapeze.
I had assumed that the girls would head out and do what they do best – gossip! But no, as soon as they were in from school, on went the dressing up gear, and I was treated to a full-scale trapeze show, complete with ringmaster! The girl who bought hair crimpers with her birthday money still knows how to play 🙂
It was so lovely to see my rather grown up girl revert to being a big kid again, playing simple, creative games with her friends. That swing is going to be so much more than a place for a moody teenager to escape to when she needs space. I have a feeling it will keep her young for a long time to come. And as you can see from this video, not a wobble in sight!
Disclosure: our swing was given to us free of charge for the purposes of review. All editorial content and opinion are our own.