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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 #21 of 203
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!
post #22 of 203
Nope.
post #23 of 203
Yes, but only when the playground is close to empty or empty, because it's a safety hazard--the kids at the top can't see if there's a little one climbing up. It's a situational thing.
post #24 of 203
Sure, as long as there arent little kids wanting to slide down. It sometimes takes longer for a little one to climb up than it takes to slide down. Not to mention if they want to climb while others want to slide, they can go ahead and climb up the ladders, or climb something else until the slide clears out some. There is only one place to slide, but lots of places to climb, so it seems fair to let the sliders slide.
post #25 of 203
Yep. Unless there are people waiting to go down. I play with Joe (& his cousins!) at the playground though, so I am sure they aren't in the other kids' way.

I am glad to be a mom who isn't standing on the sidelines screaming, SLIDES ARE FOR GOING DOWWWWWWWN!!!

post #26 of 203
No I don't, slides are for going down. DS1 gave a kid a bloody nose while going down a slide. Even when we are alone I don't let them because I don't want them getting in the habit.
post #27 of 203
Nope, but I have four kids. If one is going up the slide there's bound to be one trying to go down it. If I let one go up the slide they all want to climb up the slide and mass chaos ensues
post #28 of 203
Haven't read any responses yet...

If there are a lot of kids playing on the slide, then no. I ask DD to please go down the slide and not walk up it. But if we're alone or the playground/park is pretty empty, then I don't mind. To me, it's a little bit of a safety issue. I don't want DD to get kicked in the face cause she was climbing up when another kid was sliding down.
post #29 of 203
No. Abby is so small that she is usually the kid who gets trampled by the "big" kids running UP the slides. And she has not yet developed the motor skills to be able to climb safely herself, so another no for that reason. There are plenty of other ways to play.

On a side note, I usually keep her on the "little kid" area, but get irritated by the bigger kids who come and "play" on the equipment. This would include the 8-12 yr olds who climb up the slides when she is getting ready to go down, or who push her out of their way as they tromp across the toys.

(But once she is bigger and able to hold her own better, it may be ok in the "big kid" area.)
post #30 of 203
Yes, I do. There's no cosmic law that says they can't.

But at preschool the boys must follow the rules there, so I reinforce that when at the preschool playground.
post #31 of 203
Yes I do as long as the slide isn't way too high and poses a huge safety hazard and as long as kids aren't trying to come down it. I was a climber as a kid and my kids are climbers. I also have a tendency to go running up the slide

IMVHO, there's just as much risk falling off the monkey bars or jungle gym so I really don't get the logic that they shouldn't bc they'll fall and get hurt- I mean, if that's the case then they shouldn't use half of the things at the playground :

ETA: I understand the getting kicked in the face, that's why I said as long as their aren't kids coming down
post #32 of 203
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Originally Posted by Brilliantmama View Post
No. Abby is so small that she is usually the kid who gets trampled by the "big" kids running UP the slides. And she has not yet developed the motor skills to be able to climb safely herself, so another no for that reason. There are plenty of other ways to play.

On a side note, I usually keep her on the "little kid" area, but get irritated by the bigger kids who come and "play" on the equipment. This would include the 8-12 yr olds who climb up the slides when she is getting ready to go down, or who push her out of their way as they tromp across the toys.

(But once she is bigger and able to hold her own better, it may be ok in the "big kid" area.)
It irritates me when the little kids come on the older kids equipment, & their parents are nowhere to be seen.

& if Joe saw your little girl trying to go down a slide, he would wait for her to come down it.

The kids with no playground manners make it miserable whether they go up the slides or not, IMO. It should be seen as 2 separate issues!
post #33 of 203
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Originally Posted by DBassett View Post
Yes I do as long as the slide isn't way too high and poses a huge safety hazard and as long as kids aren't trying to come down it. I was a climber as a kid and my kids are climbers. I also have a tendency to go running up the slide

IMVHO, there's just as much risk falling off the monkey bars or jungle gym so I really don't get the logic that they shouldn't bc they'll get hurt- I mean, if that's the case then they shouldn't use half of the things at the playground :
Yes! Joe's dad was sliding DOWN a slide when he was little, & somehow the corner of his eye got caught by a protruding screw... & he ripped his eye up pretty badly. I fell forward on a teeter totter & I am pretty certain I broke a bone in my nose. I also cracked my head hard on a jungle gym. These incidents all happened when we were using the equipment "correctly."

As long as kids are considerate of others, I don't see an issue. There was a girl at the park the other day putting handfuls of mulch on the end of the slide- Joe & his cousin asked her several times not to, & she'd wait till they were at the top of the slide & BAM! Throw mulch all over it. That is more irritating to me than a kid going up a slide.

That same day someone kicked my nephew in the back, going DOWN the slide. :
post #34 of 203
I voted other. Because I let them go up the slide as long as nobody is getting ready to go down the slide.
post #35 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!
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I don't really alow it at all when the playground is crowded weather or not anyone is actually at the top at that moment. It's too hard to keep track of.

I actually find it very anoying when other parents are letting their kids go up the slide and not paying attention to who wants to go down.
post #36 of 203
For the most part, no. When ds was younger, he needed absolute consistency, the "only when noone is coming down" rule was just confusing for him, so it just became "no going up the slide". Dd has never had much interest in doing it, probably because the playground we go to most has a TON of surfaces for climbing, so it wasn't a hardship on her to avoid it so he wouldn't want to. Sometimes now she wants to, and I just remind her to look for other kids coming down first.
post #37 of 203
The "rules" for my girls are that someone coming down has right of way, otherwise, they are free to climb up the slide. They are all, however, tasked with being very careful around little ones that might not understand the rules, or may take a long time climbing, etc. We have a 6yo, 3.5yo, and a 19 month old. The 19 month old wants to be doing what her big sisters are doing, but it can take her a long time, so her sisters need patience or to do something else. It is almost never a problem.
post #38 of 203
Voted other.

Reason being different situations = different rules. At home, they are up and down our own slides all the time. No big deal.

However, some playgrounds have twisty slides and it's impossible to see if anyone is at the top making it unsafe to climb up (uh... like McD's playlands . They cannot climb up if there are other kids waiting to slide down. Other parks are fine, if they can see the top of the slide from the bottom, as long as the park is not too busy.
post #39 of 203
If there aren't many people at the playground, many a time it's just us and our friends then yes. I do not allow them to climb up the slide when there are more children around.
post #40 of 203
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Originally Posted by Hatteras Gal View Post
Yes, as long as no one is trying to come down.
yeah that
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