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Do you let your kids go up the slide?

Poll Results: Do you let your kids go up the slide?

 
  • 16% (75)
    No, I don't.
  • 67% (310)
    Yes, I let them.
  • 16% (76)
    Other.
461 Total Votes  
post #1 of 203
Thread Starter 
We hear it at the playground all the time... "No ____, go up the steps and DOWN the slide!"

So what about you?

Do you let your kids go up the slide? If not, why?
post #2 of 203
Yes, unless other kids are trying to go down.
post #3 of 203
yes, as long as people aren't waiting to come down
post #4 of 203
If there is nothing posted prohibiting it, and no one trying to go down it, and there are no little kids playing around the bottom/trying to climb up after them.
post #5 of 203
Yes, as long as there aren't people trying to go down. My kid actually prefers gong UP the slide..weird
post #6 of 203
Yes, as long as no one is trying to come down.
post #7 of 203
Quote:
Originally Posted by mamajessica View Post
Yes, unless other kids are trying to go down.

yup, or if my friend's 18 month old is near her- she's not as safe going up so i'd rather dd not show her how.
post #8 of 203
Sure, as long as there aren't kids going down the slide. Why wouldn't I?

Although when DD did first learn how to go up the slide, she almost fell straight back (head first) and if I didn't catch her, she probably would have been seriously hurt. I guess I answered my own question. The thing is, I let her do things that aren't the safest but I stand right there to catch her if necessary.
post #9 of 203
Yep, unless people are trying to come down...they have to wait...

I save my no's for more important things.
post #10 of 203
Absolutely. As long as someone isn't waiting at the top ...



And I can remember the first time DS#1 made it all the way up the slide, too ... it was this mind-blowing parenting moment for me, because of his total exhiliration at finally succeeding at this thing he'd been trying to do for days and days, and I just had this incredible moment of intense recollection and reliving when I managed to do it as a kid, too. Holy flashback, Batman.


I still get chills when I think of it, it was so vivid.



post #11 of 203
Yes, unless someone is trying to come down. I'd much rather see kids going up the slide than filling the bottom of the slide with dirt, because inevitably, someone always ends up coming down headfirst and getting a face full of sand.
post #12 of 203
It's a matter of safety.
post #13 of 203
If we're alone, or with close friends who don't care, I let them. Otherwise, I go with the flow of the other parents around. Some parents really seem to care, so I don't let my kids go up when other parents have an issue with it and/or the playground is crowded.
post #14 of 203
If we are there early and alone, but not when it's crowded.
post #15 of 203
as long as there aren't other kids waiting to come down. she just got her first pair of shoes with some rubber on the bottom and can now proudly walk up the slide, the robeez weren't cutting it.
post #16 of 203
Quote:
Originally Posted by mamajessica View Post
Yes, unless other kids are trying to go down.
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post #17 of 203
At preschool, no. It is against the rules. At the park, yes, as long as there aren't other kids trying to come down.
post #18 of 203
I am usually the first one to the top... see we race to the "magical kingdom" at the top...lol but of curse not if other kids are playng on it as wee.
post #19 of 203
Quote:
Originally Posted by clane View Post
If we are there early and alone, but not when it's crowded.
ditto
post #20 of 203
I do let him, but then we play at the park when there are not many people at the park. When I was a preschool teacher, it was not allowed and I was strict about. Too many kids and many wanting to go down. I do think saying that you only allow it if there are no others waiting to go down doesn't quite work unless you are really paying attention and reminding them. I see many kids who do go up, when others are trying to go down, and chaos can occur, including little kids who get tromped on by bigger kids who are just not being supervised who have learned that up is acceptable. Especially with the circular slides that you can't even see if someone is trying to go down. So perhaps I should say yes, but only on the straight shot slides when NO ONE is up there.
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