Is what you push a reflection of who you are?
I was telling one of my non-parent friends that moms can tell you brands and models of strollers passing by the same way a car buff can do with makes of cars.
Actually, strollers are like cars in the sense that you can learn about the owner by looking at their ride.
Based on our purely unscientific observations, here are the types of people you’ll see pushing strollers around your neighbourhood. Which one are you?
You’re a trend-setter who appreciates the finer things in life, like a well-made wool coat, or real brie, or the pleasing lines of modern design and high quality materials, but you don’t like to be excessive. You live simply and elegantly, and don’t let clutter accumulate to stress you out. You like to set clear objectives, and then effortlessly stroll out with your baby to achieve them. Your motto is, “Let it go.”
You’re the practical type who needs a workhorse stroller that can carry your baby and all of your stuff anywhere life takes you. From bedtime in the bassinet to strolling the mall, city streets, and grassy park, this stroller works hard for you. Plus, it can take a beating — which is good, because sometimes you give it one. You might not have a cohesive life philosophy, but that’s okay with you. Sometimes, you’re happy to make things up as you go. It’s all about balance, for you, and your motto is, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”
You’re the down-to-earth, outdoorsy type who loves to pack some granola and hit the trails with your kids. This stroller loves off-roading, and so do you — no matter the weather! Making memories is important to you, and you have a pretty simple life philosophy that includes teaching your kids “it’s what’s inside that counts.”
You have a classic style and you love the tasteful design of the Jackie O of the stroller world. Your have an understated sensibility with a weakness for the occasional retro item (it’s likely you have a touch of woodland-themed decor somewhere in your house). But you don’t like to overdo things (one owl is enough). Your motto is, “Less is more.”
You’re a world-traveling jet-setter who needs a stroller that can navigate airports with ease, zip around busy urban centres, and survive public transit without busting an axle. Sometimes the hustle is frazzling, but you wouldn’t have it any other way. You’re spontaneous, flexible, and you really throw yourself into parenting. Your motto is, “If it’s not working, try something else.”
You were probably a Girl Guide. You are always prepared for whatever might come your way (including another kiddo)! You’re creative and a little quirky, but it serves you well in surviving the ever-changing challenge of being a parent. Your kids think you’re cool, and they’re right. You love improv comedy, because it reminds you of your life. Your motto is, “Let’s do this.”
You’re an avid cyclist who hasn’t let having kids slow you down. You’re probably a morning person; you enjoy an active lifestyle with your little(s) in tow. You’re also a bit of a techie, and you probably like to fix stuff around the house. You’re a problem-solver, no-nonsense type, and when it comes to parenting, you think teamwork and responsibility are important qualities to instill in your kids. Your motto is, “Up and at ‘em!”
You’re super practical and need to be ready to move from stroller to car and back again at a moment’s notice. You’re always up for a play date, provided there’s coffee involved. You’ve got a sense of humour (how can you not, with kids?) and a lot of common sense, and you’re just not that into leaving $1000 worth of stroller parked on the sidewalk outside the local play place. Your motto is, “Not my circus, not my monkeys.”
You’re sensitive and honest with yourself about how you feel. You’re highly attuned to your baby’s needs, and you love the baby cuddles and freedom a carrier/wrap/sling provides, not to mention never having to worry about whether your next adventure is “stroller accessible.” You’re glad you took all that prenatal yoga and pilates because it’s probably saving your posture and back muscles now. You don’t take anything for granted. Your motto is, “Live in the moment.”
Did we peg your stroller personality or are we totally wrong about you? Let us know in the comments!
Photos by: Scott (header), Chris Goldberg (Stokke), Ed Yourdon (Uppababy), Meredith Farkas (Bob) Will Wilson (Bugaboo), spunqueegrrl (Maclaren), Ed Yourdon (City Select), Jeff Youngstrom (Chariot), Travis Swan (babywearing)
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