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Laugh: If You've Ever Spent Time on the Playground, You've Probably Met These Moms

Visit your local playground, and you're sure to see a microsociety that doesn't exist beyond the park's childproof gates. Though we still haven't run across any great anthropological studies about this microcosm of parenting, experienced moms know that there is a variety of parents you meet during your child's playtime. From the human snack bar (and thank goodness for her, because she's saved us from some toddler meltdowns) to the playground police (who've probably prevented our tots from trying to perform some Evel Knievel-type tricks), here are the 12 parents we've run into on our local playground over the years.

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