I think it might depend on the playground, but seriously, why not let the poor kid go up if there is noone else on the slide?
I think those who don't have explained their personal reasons in their replies.
Why not just give right of way to those going down instead of banning her from doing a perfectly natural thing-climbing?
Some people do this, but not everyone.
If you cant have chaos and climbing on the playground, where the heck can you have it?
On hikes, in trees, camping, at home, in the back yard, rock climbing classes, parkour, tumbling, in bouncy houses, in open fields, at Adventure Playground, etc.
Just because you choose to let your kids climb the slide doesn't mean that is the only place they could ever get climbing in, ever.
My kids will have strong legs and feet because they got to do some climbing.
That's great. Mine do because they climb everything constantly, just not on the slide because I have seen it cause injuries as well as hurt feelings. both easily avoided with a simple rule. There are so many things to climb in this world, I really feel it is fine to have a few rules in place when playing with other families on equipment. You don't feel that way? That's totally fine.
So, tell me you don't have any rules at all when it comes to playing in the playground. Say... They can't stray off the playground into the street. Um... Isn't this stifling their creativity? Aren't you crushing their freedom? No, you aren't, you're just keeping some basic safety rules. Reality check, seriously. You don't have to have the same rules as other parents, and you also don't have to draw some kind of diehard line in the sand about your choice as if it is intrinsically superior in some way. This isn't Breast v. Bottle.
If I sound defensive, it is because I'm really over the idea that a simple rule like this is somehow depriving our kids of strong legs and creativity. Can't people back up their choice without resorting to criticizing the choices of others?