Originally Posted by lonegirl
....afterall a slide is for sliding and stairs are for climbing.
Sigh! To me, half the point of playgrounds is to challenge kids athletically. Most playstructures just don't provide much challenge to my little guy - and he is not quite ready for the monkey bars. Climbing on things the "wrong" way is so much more interesting. I too climb up slides with my 3 yr old son - I think it is great fun
I do like the idea of calling up a slide before climbing it, and also explaining right of way (my son would probably be fascinated with this concept!) I don't think that all parents need to have the same rules about playground etiquette. The kids just need to know what their own rules are. Realizing we all live a little differently is just one of those really important lessons to teach our little ones. Also, it is not the end of the world if they occasionally get hurt while playing!