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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 #121 of 203
Another no, but with an explanation. My DS has Asperger Syndrome. He has a hard time with inconsistent/changing situational rules, so "yes here but no over here" would lead to some big meltdowns for him. He also has poor motor planning which makes him more apt to injure himself than a neurotypical kid (and his sensory dysfunction makes even a minor scrape seem to him like he's going to bleed to death). He also doesn't use monkey bars, jungle gyms, ride a bicycle (these are all his own *self imposed* restrictions), and a lot of other things a neurotypical 6 year old can/will do.
post #122 of 203
I voted "other." It's yes unless there are a lot of kids at the park. Then, because my kids are still part of the younger, smaller set, I have them only go down to avoid being run over.
post #123 of 203
For what it's worth...

I used to work at a daycare center which had the standard "slides are for down only" rule, until one day when all of us teachers had a meeting about playground rules and after much discussion, discovered that we ALL adhered to the "slides are for down only" rule because we each thought everyone ELSE wanted the rule...when really, we were all fine with letting the kids climb up! The kids had always wanted to, and keeping them from climbing up was a constant battle for us, and we just decided to give up fighting it. And the kids were great about it. The next time we were outside playing, we just made a big announcement - "Guess what, everyone! A playground rule has changed! You may now climb up the slide!" - and talked about how to do it safely (e.g. only when no one's trying to climb down).

Another preschool I worked at had this ridiculous rule that it was okay to climb up two out of the four slides - the kids (and some of us teachers!) kept forgetting which slides were which!
post #124 of 203
No. Dd is not quite 2 yet so it would be too confusing for her to let her sometimes, but not others. When she is older and able to understand that sometimes you can go up and sometimes you can't, then I will let her.
post #125 of 203
Yes, unless there are other kids near the slides. Initially I didn't let DD climb up, but after observing that EVERY kid, even the little ones, wanted to climb the slides, I decided it was an instinctive thing and wasn't a big deal. The playgrounds we're near now are interconnected (a bunch of slides and climbing things all attached) and since DD is little if there are other kids near the top of the slide she wants to climb on I don't let her just to make sure she doesn't get hurt by someone else coming down.
post #126 of 203
I'm fine with them climbing the slide in our backyard, but not at the playground.
post #127 of 203
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Originally Posted by eclipse View Post
See, I really don't get those reasons.

Safety - as pointed out, going up is only a safety problem if others are going down
Respect for the equipment - I don't think going up endangers or disrespects the equipment any more than going down does.
Consideration of others - There are ways to be considerate of others without forbidding slide climbing. Such as: don't climb up when someone else is coming down. To me, that's about the same rule as "Don't try to swing on a swing that someone else is already on" or "Don't swing across the monkey bars if someone is already coming from the opposite direction" or " If two kids are crossing the bridge from opposite directions, move to one side so you can pass one another."
More appropriate places to climb - I don't think any playground equipment is more or less appropriate than any others.

I certainly don't begrudge other parents choosing different rules than I do - but i doesn't mean I understand them all the time
Those are my reasons. I don't impose them on anyone else but my own child.
I don't understand reasons for wanting kids to climb up slides.
post #128 of 203
Another yes here...but again, only if other kids aren't trying to go down. My older kids are very mindful of younger kids on the playground. I don't think we've ever upset anyone.
post #129 of 203
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Originally Posted by phathui5 View Post
Huh?
Using something in a way it isn't intended can cause damage and a different kind of wear and tear. That is what I mean by respect for equipment. I prefer to teach my child to use shared playground equipment in the way it is intended. Again, my reasons, for my kid- not imposed on everyone.
post #130 of 203
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Originally Posted by mistymama View Post
I'm not trying to be snarky, I'm honestly wondering if no one else is at the playground (which to me eliminates Safety and Consideration of Others) how climbing up the slide is not respecting the equipment??
see my explanation to phathui5's "Huh?"
post #131 of 203
BTW, for those of you saying that if you don't let your child climb up slides at a playground you are crushing their spirit or not allowing any fun ever that isn't very nice judgment at all.
post #132 of 203
I only let them go up the slide if there are no other children around / wanting to use the slide.
post #133 of 203
If there is no one on the slide at the park - yes I do. I also let them stand up on the swings.:

At home the slide gets used in all kinds of ways. My smallest dd is 10 mo and she can climb the slide already. She has been practising this week and has it sussed now.
post #134 of 203
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Originally Posted by onlyzombiecat View Post
Using something in a way it isn't intended can cause damage and a different kind of wear and tear. That is what I mean by respect for equipment. I prefer to teach my child to use shared playground equipment in the way it is intended. Again, my reasons, for my kid- not imposed on everyone.
And I feel just as vehemently that we adults impose far too many rules and regulations on how children play. If a tree fell down in the woods, would it be okay to only allow children to climb up one end of it and get off the other end of it? Of course not. But a sliding board is nothing but a huge piece of metal or durable plastic that is positioned at an angle... that's all. It doesn't come with a lot of baggage or expectations, lol.

I will say again that there are basic fundementals of human interaction - being careful of little ones, not hurting others, letting others take turns & sharing, and not ruining something for someone else (e.g., by getting mud all over it).... these come first and foremost, but honestly have NOTHING to do with sliding boards per se, they're just common courtesy and good manners that even my 5 year-olds have pretty much mastered at this point when it comes to the playground. If they want to climb up the sldie, go ahead... but if someone is already coming down, or a little tot is using it, or the ground below is muddy... well then of course they can't climb up it. But they know that. And as for my 2 year-old, if a baby is waiting to slide down (e.g., holding mom's hand) and my DS wants to climb up, I don't say "you can't climb up the slide!" I say, "Please be careful of the baby and let's give him a turn too" or whatever... i.e., the issue isn't that he's climbing the slide but that he's not respecting the other child.

My kids also climb ON TOP of the playground train, stand up on swings (again, when ground isn't muddy), crawl (instead of walk like you're "supposed to") across the hanging bridges pretending to be mountain goats, and sit down on the high climbing ladder/pole (which presumably you're supposed to climb only to get up on the jungle gym) pretending to be bus drivers. Oh and they play with Legos "wrong" too.... we make giant pots of soup with multicolored legos. LOL
post #135 of 203
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Originally Posted by onlyzombiecat View Post
BTW, for those of you saying that if you don't let your child climb up slides at a playground you are crushing their spirit or not allowing any fun ever that isn't very nice judgment at all.
Well that is a valid reason why some people allow climbing up the slide. It is not a judgment of parents who don't allow it any more than those who don't allow it saying it is for the respect of the playground equipment or any other reason.
post #136 of 203
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Originally Posted by onlyzombiecat View Post
Using something in a way it isn't intended can cause damage and a different kind of wear and tear. That is what I mean by respect for equipment. I prefer to teach my child to use shared playground equipment in the way it is intended. Again, my reasons, for my kid- not imposed on everyone.

Who says slides were not intended to be climbed up?
post #137 of 203
Quote:
Who says slides were not intended to be climbed up?
The dictionary, for one.


Quote:
slide –noun
11. a smooth surface for sliding on, esp. a type of chute in a playground.
post #138 of 203
I'm honestly feeling : at the idea of all these "rules" at the playground, and the idea that other moms are going to want me to make sure my child follows them.

Makes me want to find times no one else is around, although that's probably not fun for older kids who like to play with each other. I do understand why schools and playschools that deal with large groups and the old games of "push everyone down the slide" like we used to play have made the rules. But I am not sure why they are supposed to be universal.

Anyways I happened to mention this to my BIL who used to design playgrounds and he says the slides are designed to withstand climbing (he has even put some in that have groves for kids to get a grip going up, usually with smoother slides next to them).

He said there some slides that are unsafe because they don't have a soft enough surface all the way around the slide but this is a hazard either way(kids can fall getting up too, or sliding down).

He also let me know that the number one hazard at playgrounds, and especially on the slides going down, are cords for "hoodies", necklaces, bike helmet straps, and anything else that can catch at the top and choke a child.

Probably more than anyone wanted to know. I am just finding all these unwritten rules of parenting tiring today.
post #139 of 203
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Originally Posted by race_kelly View Post
I voted other. Just depends on the situation. If there are lots of people at the playground, no. I've seen too many little kids get trampled that way. If it is relatively quiet and no one is waiting to come down, sure. I've been known to do it myself when playing with the kids!
Yep.
post #140 of 203
Man, enforcing that level of rigidity at a place that is supposed to be fun is not for us. Going up or down the slide is always a complex rule situation - you have to wait your turn, can't go when there's someone else at the bottom, etc. No harder to say "watch out for others" going up than going down.

Are kids only supposed to swing back and forth on their bottoms, too? And only allowed to go across the monkey bars hanging hand over hand, no climbing no sitting on top no hanging by your knees? Playground equipment is meant for multiple uses and creative play, and it's absolutely sturdy enough to withstand children climbing on it, so I call bologna on it being "disrespectful" to well...play at the playground!

They would be safer inside watching television. So what?
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