Originally Posted by Tigerchild
I wasn't saying that I blame the parks system...there's inherent "danger" in any play situation, whether it's running across your lawn or climbing on the monkey bars. And considering how hard it is for most parks and rec depts. to get funding, I don't blame them for not paying an astronomical amount to rip out the older equipment all at once, when as I said the really serious injuries are pretty uncommon (I hope).
I was just speaking as to *why* I don't let my kids climb up most slides. It doesn't have anything to do with me being a banal brute who wants to squash all semblance of freedom and creativity so much as the fact that I do not want to infect them with my fear, I can eat it with a lot of things, but the sight of any child climbing up one of those old metal slides or plastic ones that aren't enclosed still makes me taste vomit at the back of my throat. I don't want to overreact, so I just have that rule into place.
I wouldn't mind if DH let them climb up slides. I just do not want to see it. And it's hard to explain but I just can't allow that in my presence. When they look over and wave at me proudly, I want them to see their joy and pride reflected back, not horror. I just wanted to point out that there's more than one reason why some folks might not allow their kids to climb up the slide, that doesn't automatically mean they'll be a jerk to other kids or because they're a control freak or a bubble-mom.
After having witnessed what you did, I'd probably handle things differently with my own kids as well. I just wanted to take the opportunity to point out some basic playground tenants and equipment guidelines for folks to be aware of. I don't begrudge any parent the rules they have for their children unless those rules seriously infringe upon MY child's enjoyment of safe play. I'd love to start a separate playground safety thread, but I'd need to really dig out my info, and so much of it is a few years old that it's past dated and probably not quite as accurate as it should be anymore.