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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 #101 of 203
She can climb so long as no one else is going down.
post #102 of 203
This thread, in some places, is reminding me of a sign I saw once that said "No running No climbing No skating No Bicycling , and then hand written in under NO FUN!" :
post #103 of 203
Yep. All the time. But we are always at home so I can control the slide flow.
post #104 of 203
Nope. My daughter has a hard time with exceptions to rules. So, we just tell her that slides are for sliding down; that's why they're called slides and not climbs.
post #105 of 203
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Originally Posted by starry_mama View Post
I agree, but my kids are 3 and 1. And totally oblivious to arbitrary rules like "no climbing up slides"
Well, eventually, they'll figure it out!

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Originally Posted by UnschoolnMa View Post
This thread, in some places, is reminding me of a sign I saw once that said "No running No climbing No skating No Bicycling , and then hand written in under NO FUN!" :
That is what I always say to Joe before he goes outside- no running, no playing, no smiling, no laughing, no breathing. For some reason it cracks him up. When my nephews are here, James says, tell us the rules, Aunt Jenny...
post #106 of 203
Yes, if there is nobody waiting to come down.
post #107 of 203
My son is always supervised on his slide at home, so yes, I allow him to climb up it. When he's at the park, he can do the same, unless their is another child wanting to come down it...

Peace
post #108 of 203
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I wish someone would explain to me how climbing up the slide is more dangerous than playing on other climbing equipment. I honestly don't get it.
Because it's not "climbing equipment" - it's a metal or plastic slick sheet designed to have enough "slip" for a child to slide down. (Hence the name ) I'm one of those old meanie moms - "Slides are for sliding down, guys!" I've seen at least 3 kids face plant trying to climb up the slide and waaaay to many older kids going up trample the little ones trying to actually slide down. There's plenty of stuff for them to climb - bars, faux rock walls, steps, etc.
post #109 of 203
Ofcourse I let him!

I have no problem letting him go up the slide. Ofcourse, I talk about respecting others and not going up when someone is trying to go down. And he understands and followes those "rules".. I can`t for the life of me see that it is in any way more dangerous to go up the slide than down, or more dangerous than using the other equipment at the park.

post #110 of 203
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Originally Posted by Potty Diva View Post
No way. It is just so dangerous on so many levels whether there are kids sliding or you are alone. The dangers of this little stunt are far to numerous to list. Climbing bars are for climbing, slides are for sliding.

Oy!
how is it any more dangerous than climbing up a hill or a ladder or rocks? or monkey bars for that matter?

but then I also let my children go down slides backward and head first . . . our middle name is danger. sliding down slides (especially the super safe ones they have now) is such a bore. the only way to have fun on them is to misuse them.

and with slides being the slow going super grippy things they are now I have seen kids get hurt going down the "proper" way. More than once I have seen shoes get stuck and flip a child over or twist their leg behind them. I figure we have a better chance of not getting hurt if we aren't actually trying to slide anywhere on them.
post #111 of 203
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Originally Posted by lilyka View Post
sliding down slides (especially the super safe ones they have now) is such a bore. the only way to have fun on them is to misuse them.

and with slides being the slow going super grippy things they are now I have seen kids get hurt going down the "proper" way. More than once I have seen shoes get stuck and flip a child over or twist their leg behind them. I figure we have a better chance of not getting hurt if we aren't actually trying to slide anywhere on them.
Amen, sister! I can't remember the last time I saw a kid "whiz" down a slide. They kind of stutter down them!

My leg got twisted behind me on a slide just last week or so... of course, it was a curvy slide, & I was at the back of a train consisting of my son, my 2 nephews, & me... but I digress...
post #112 of 203
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Originally Posted by BlueStateMama View Post
Because it's not "climbing equipment" - it's a metal or plastic slick sheet designed to have enough "slip" for a child to slide down. (Hence the name )
That might describe the tall silver slides of our childhood, but it doesn't describe the big plastic slides!
post #113 of 203
Even if it is kinda slippery and difficult to climb--maybe kids have a need to climb it because it helps improve coordination and large muscle skills Ya gotta wonder why it something all the kids want to do.

We're not opposed to a little risk around here. A broken bone is better than a broken spirit
post #114 of 203
Climbing slides is fun. I can't even think how many slides I climbed. I really think the monkey bars are more dangerous than climbing a slide. Or some of those climby things - some of them are shaped so if you fell off you'd bonk your head on a bar. That's got to be more dangerous than climbing up a slide when no one is coming down it.

I really feel like, generally speaking, I should get involved as little as possible when my daughter is playing with other kids. If someone's arm is going to get ripped off, I'll do something. But the potential for a bruise? I can live with that. So if she wants to go up a slide, so be it.
post #115 of 203
Yes, but as others have said
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Originally Posted by clane View Post
not when it's crowded.
post #116 of 203
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Originally Posted by BlueStateMama View Post
Because it's not "climbing equipment" - it's a metal or plastic slick sheet designed to have enough "slip" for a child to slide down. (Hence the name ) I'm one of those old meanie moms - "Slides are for sliding down, guys!" I've seen at least 3 kids face plant trying to climb up the slide and waaaay to many older kids going up trample the little ones trying to actually slide down. There's plenty of stuff for them to climb - bars, faux rock walls, steps, etc.
I don't think anyone here said they let their kid climb up while others are trying to go down.

I'm sorry, but the plastic slides we have around here are the opposite of slippery. It's not any more dangerous for a kid to climb up (when no one else is around!) than it is to go down.

Come on, do you think we are all stupid and are letting our kids fling themselves up slippery slides while toddlers are trying to go down? I for one give myself enough credit to realize when a slide is safe enough for my son to explore by climbing up. And he's a sweet kid who listens well when it's not an ok time to climb up as well.

I just don't get the big deal. And yes, I'd be pissed if you told my son the slide was for "going down only" if he was the only one trying to play on it at the time.
post #117 of 203
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I'd be pissed if you told my son the slide was for "going down only" if he was the only one trying to play on it at the time.
I'd never, ever do that. The "guys" refers to my two.

Seriously, if everyone else wants to let their kids go up, that's fine. I'm not comfortable with that particular action. My kids test plenty of boundaries and take lots of risks, this just isn't one I'm comfortable with. It's great if everyone on MDC who lets their kids go up makes absolutely sure they're not trampling little ones or there's no one waiting to go down. Unfortunately, that hasn't been my playground experience (I need more MDC mamas around us! ) My kids are little - 2 and 4 - I find, for us personally, that they seem to handle simple rules rather than exceptions. I know this is not everyone's experience or belief.
post #118 of 203
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Originally Posted by mamajessica View Post
Yes, unless other kids are trying to go down.
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A slide is a uniquely interesting thing to climb, too. There's nothing else like it at the park and it's a great challenge to get up it. If my Dd had a choice, she'd always go up rather than down.

So, if people want to make slides one-way only, then let it be up.
post #119 of 203
Sorry, for some reason I saw in my mind the lady trying to control everyone's kids.

I totally know what you are saying. I've always taught my kiddo to be respectful and careful at the playground .. more than anything because he used to get trampled by bigger kids. Heck, sometimes he still does.

The nice part is that at 4.5, he knows when he can climb up the slide, and when he can't. And actually, often he'll ask if it's ok. Like we were at the water park the other day and I told him no because that thing was a wet, slippery accident waiting to happen. But most times, on safe equipment, it's great exercise for him if we are alone.
post #120 of 203
Yep. But if their shoes are muddy or there are tots on it, I make sure they're courteous and careful of the little ones, but honestly, that's just one of those basic "rules" that comes first anyway and my 5 year-olds are certainly old enough to get that. I rarely have to say anything.

I do not like dictating to my kids how they play with toys, sliding boards included. Again, when there's a different situation such as someone could get hurt or a little one is on her way down or whatever, then the fundamental rule of being courteous/thoughtful trumps all else.
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