Parents never really have enough time. Whether it’s going to work or taking the kids to school, straightening up the house, paying the bills, going food shopping, parent teacher conferences, little league games, or dealing with in-laws, a parents work is never done. So whenever an opportunity comes to lighten the load a bit, it comes as welcome news to parents.
This timesaver comes in the form of an activity for your kids to enjoy while you can relax. Unfotunately it requires that you have a yard and some space to fit a backyard installation. If you don’t have a yard or live in an apartment, we have some consolation tips for you at the end of the article.
Swing Set Installations in the Backyard
Installing a swing set in your backyard gives the kids the opportunities to relax and take a minute or two for themselves. Coupling an entertaining swing set with a back porch to sit and watch from a distance makes this activity one of peak enjoyment for parents. Unlike taking kids to the park or playground, which requires a car, more vigilant watching, potential fights with other kids, and worst of all, other parents, having a backyard playset effectively brings the park to your house. You can sit, have a drink, relax, and watch the kids have a grand ol’ time
Seem’s like a pain to set up, no?
Yes, it can be. You can by the swing set online at lowe’s or home depot (among other places), but actually putting it together can be a bit of a pain in the neck. I would recommend utilizing a playset installation specialist, as I did. They know what they are doing and get it done in probably less than half the time you could do by yourself. They also do all the heavy lifting (of which there is a decent amount). I used Tri-State Assembly for my installation last summer and they did a great job. There are local installation companies all throughout the country, take to Yelp or Google to find one for you.
How long do They Last?
As I mentioned, I only got one installed in my backyard last year, so I don’t have personal experience. I did ask Dave from Tri-State and he mentioned that depending on the brand you get, they can last a very long time. After about 5 years they might require some repairs or maintenance, but he mentioned that he’s seen Swing Sets that are more than 10 years old and operate just fine.
Keep in mind the type of swing set and material used. Wooden Swing Sets look much better, and tend to last a long time, but are more expensive. Metal swing sets can potentially rust and start to not look so good, but they are cheaper, in general. I like to keep aesthetics in mind, largely because the playset will take up such a sizeable portion of my yard, and I don’t want it to be an eyesore.
I hope this has been a handy tip. If you are a parent and feel you need your kids to stay entertained without your help (and don’t want them face down in an iPad all day) consider getting a playset/swing installed in your yard. It will provide years of fun for the kids and (hopefully) hours of relaxation for the parent.