Let’s start with a warmup walk through Central Park. You push a preschooler up hills, through crowds and “faster! Faster!” Stop at the playground and try to match your mini-me’s energy climbing, digging and running.
Little one gets a rest while you resume pushing stroller up hills and through crowds to your next destination. When you stop somewhere with good music, dance with the kid!
Weight-lifting time. Lift too-big-to-be-held kid to get a better view of the Statue of Liberty. C’mon! She’s asking to see a national monument, not asking you to buy her beer. Do it! Do it again!
Back to urban stroller racing. This time fast! You’ve got subways, ferries and trains to catch! Stop and quickly collapse stroller and/or carry too-big-to-be-carried kid down the stairs if he or she is going too slow. Go, Auntie! Go!
Give kid a hug and thank her for spending her birthday with you. Put her on a train where she’ll fall asleep instantly, but you’re not done yet! Dodge Penn Station and Times Square pedestrian traffic. Collect 16 pounds of laundry and carry it up to the sixth floor.
Whew! That’s it. Hit the showers and grab some dinner.
*For best results, do this on a 80+ degree day. Unstylish aunties may wear sneakers.