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View Poll Results: Do you let your kids go up the slide?
No, I don't. 74 16.09%
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#1 of 203 Old 07-08-2007, 05:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We hear it at the playground all the time... "No ____, go up the steps and DOWN the slide!"

So what about you?

Do you let your kids go up the slide? If not, why?

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Yes, unless other kids are trying to go down.
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yes, as long as people aren't waiting to come down
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If there is nothing posted prohibiting it, and no one trying to go down it, and there are no little kids playing around the bottom/trying to climb up after them.
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Yes, as long as there aren't people trying to go down. My kid actually prefers gong UP the slide..weird
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Yes, as long as no one is trying to come down.
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Yes, unless other kids are trying to go down.

yup, or if my friend's 18 month old is near her- she's not as safe going up so i'd rather dd not show her how.
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Sure, as long as there aren't kids going down the slide. Why wouldn't I?

Although when DD did first learn how to go up the slide, she almost fell straight back (head first) and if I didn't catch her, she probably would have been seriously hurt. I guess I answered my own question. The thing is, I let her do things that aren't the safest but I stand right there to catch her if necessary.
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Yep, unless people are trying to come down...they have to wait...

I save my no's for more important things.
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Absolutely. As long as someone isn't waiting at the top ...



And I can remember the first time DS#1 made it all the way up the slide, too ... it was this mind-blowing parenting moment for me, because of his total exhiliration at finally succeeding at this thing he'd been trying to do for days and days, and I just had this incredible moment of intense recollection and reliving when I managed to do it as a kid, too. Holy flashback, Batman.


I still get chills when I think of it, it was so vivid.



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Yes, unless someone is trying to come down. I'd much rather see kids going up the slide than filling the bottom of the slide with dirt, because inevitably, someone always ends up coming down headfirst and getting a face full of sand.
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It's a matter of safety.

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If we're alone, or with close friends who don't care, I let them. Otherwise, I go with the flow of the other parents around. Some parents really seem to care, so I don't let my kids go up when other parents have an issue with it and/or the playground is crowded.
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If we are there early and alone, but not when it's crowded.
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as long as there aren't other kids waiting to come down. she just got her first pair of shoes with some rubber on the bottom and can now proudly walk up the slide, the robeez weren't cutting it.
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Yes, unless other kids are trying to go down.
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At preschool, no. It is against the rules. At the park, yes, as long as there aren't other kids trying to come down.
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I am usually the first one to the top... see we race to the "magical kingdom" at the top...lol but of curse not if other kids are playng on it as wee.

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If we are there early and alone, but not when it's crowded.
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I do let him, but then we play at the park when there are not many people at the park. When I was a preschool teacher, it was not allowed and I was strict about. Too many kids and many wanting to go down. I do think saying that you only allow it if there are no others waiting to go down doesn't quite work unless you are really paying attention and reminding them. I see many kids who do go up, when others are trying to go down, and chaos can occur, including little kids who get tromped on by bigger kids who are just not being supervised who have learned that up is acceptable. Especially with the circular slides that you can't even see if someone is trying to go down. So perhaps I should say yes, but only on the straight shot slides when NO ONE is up there.
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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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Nope.
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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.

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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.
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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!!!

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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.

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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

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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.
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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.)
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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.

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