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Do you let your toddler climb UP the slide?

  • Yes, (unless someone is going down it of course!)

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  • No, never. Slides are only for going down!

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Do you let your toddler climb UP the slide?<br><br>
I don't get it. Every time we go to a park parents are always telling kids not to climb up the slides. Why?<br><br>
Of course, if someone is at the top of the slide wanting to go down, I won't let Noah climb up it, but if nobody else is sliding why shouldn't he be able to climb up?<br><br>
I feel like maybe I am just missing something so y'all please tell me if I am just a moron and there is a completely valid reason for not allowing children to play how they want to play.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Yup...my 3 1/2 year old and my 15 month old are quite good at it too! We have a play set in our backyard that they've practiced lots on so I just make sure other kiddies aren't going down at the park...but on the other hand, that doesn't seem to stop either of my dd's doing that at home! They're always going through each others legs or just taking them down with them! :LOL
 

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Ok, call me a party pooper.....<br>
But I don't let Lu climb up the slide. I'm just afraid she's gonna get clobbered by some big kid who isn't paying attention...like, if I turn my head for a second, some kid comes down on her. Paranoid, I know. And if I am standing right by her, it probably won't happen, but..you never know.<br>
Plus, it really annoys me when all the bigger kids are always climbing up the slide when Lu just wants to slide down. I think you should just teach them not to do it in the first place. JMHO. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> At our playground, there are tons of things to climb on/up/around, so I think the slide doesn't have to be one of them.
 

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Yup. Up the slide all the way. I feel like the playground is one of those places where they can cut loose and try anything (if it's croeded or oher kids want to come down, I point it out and make him go down only)
 

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oh you ladies are bad....why bother having 'rules' for a smooth running society if your just gunna crap all over them????<br><br>
jeez. try to 'guide' some people to 'proper' living. If you dont establish bounderies for your kids, they may end up free thinkers, self motivators, and problem solvers!!!!! what will become of this country then!!!!!<br><br>
They need to accept that they arent in control...better put more floride in the water and hope that does the trick.lol<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bouncy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bouncy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bouncy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bouncy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bouncy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bouncy"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mischievous.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="mischief"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mischievous.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="mischief">
 

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Yes, dh and I do. I feel it is important for kids to learn they dont have to do things the traditional way. Braking the mold so to speak.<br><br>
I am reminded of a story that I heard years ago about a hs'ed kid who when his parent brought him home a science book he started reading it from back to front, fortunately nobody told him he wasn't supposed to read that way because of his interest in the stuff that was in the back of the book he was able to solve some problem that had been stumping I cant remember scientist or some company.
 

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I have never seen a sign saying "no climbing up the slide," if there where one I would not allow dd to go up.<br><br>
Maybe its a good thing we live in a small area<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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No. I don't let Kailey climb up the slide. It's all about safety for me. Someone could be coming down the slide when she decides to climb up it, or she could slip and fall backwards.<br><br>
In our park we have a jungle gym, a climbing structure and several other things to climb up.
 

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I let my dd climb up the slide, but I'm not sure if I would allow her to do it if she were much older (like 5 or 6) though. It annoys me when older kids are constantly fooling around, climbing up the slides when the little ones want to go down.<br><br>
For toddlers, though, I think it's different. They're still learning so much about *everything* and climbing up the slide is just another way of exploring.<br><br>
side note: We were at the playground the other day and this woman was practically forcing her 18 mo old to go down the slide the "correct" way. He wanted to go down feet first on his tummy, but she forcefully turned him around then shoved him down the slide. That type of thing makes me so mad! She also drove up to the park with her toddler sitting in her partner's lap in the front seat, but that's another story...<br><br>
peace, Beth
 

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I voted "yes". Unless a child is wanting to go down, I don't see the problem. Since DD is so young I am right there with her. When she's old enough to do it alone, I hope she will have learned by then to see if another child is wanting to go down the slide (or is that just hopelessly naive of me? lol!)
 

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dd for the first time last weekend tried to climb up the slide. I did not let her, my first thought was that it was dangerous. I know that she is not thinking about the fact that other kids might be wanting to come down.
 

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I used to let my 12yo dd climb up the slide when she was younger if no one was coming down it. I will do the same with 10 month old dd when the time comes.
 

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The slides in our backyard, yep! The slides at the park, nope! There are posted rules, as well as usually lots of kids there, and I figure they can do it at home, so it's not like they are missing out on anything, most of the time we are playing in the backyard anyway <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<<(yes I have actually seen signs with rules that say don't climb up the slide) >><br><br>
We frequent a park that has a "no running" rule posted, among others. Needless to say, we just ignore them. What are playgrounds for, if not for running and playing? And yes, dd has climbed up the slides since she could walk.
 

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Who (other than the "rules" at some playgrounds) says that slides are for going down? To a toddler a slide is a thing to use. It doesn’t have a specific purpose. I think that if you nurture this openness your toddler will be a free thinker. I really don’t think it is helpful to the child tell her/him HOW to play.
 

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I was going to say what HannahSims says. Who ever decided that slides were only for going down? Apparently the majority of kids have decided that they are perfectly acceptable for up and down! Yes, I let ds climb up the slide. If the playground was really crowded and the slide busy, then no, but he knows that if another kid is wanting to come down the slide then they need to take turns.
 

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I don't see how keeping Kailey from a DANGEROUS situation would keep her from being a free thinker. We aren't at the park 24/7, but an hour a day.<br><br>
I won't teach her bad habits that could lead to hers or another childs injury. She may learn as a toddler that its ok to climb up the slide and then continue to believe this and one day get hurt as an older child. I like to be consistent. And yes if the rules are to prevent injury we will follow them.<br><br>
Doesn't anyone else see that the written rule in some parks has been put up do to children going up the slide and getting hurt? Or do we think the signs just appeared as just another way to forced our children to conform?
 

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Why does this have to get ugly?
 

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I think there's a time and place for everything--I let dd 13mths climb up the slides that I can see the top of. I do not let her climb up the tunnel slides (even when we are the only ones at the park so as to not send mixed messages). I do think that the big kids can come down really fast and without paying attention and that scares me. If I can see what's at the top then I don't see a problem. Of course this issue will become more involved as Onica gets older and more independent and wants to climb the bigger slides. I go by the rules that I make as the parent and expect that other parents will do the same.
 
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