Originally Posted by onlyzombiecat
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