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Hi,<br><br>
I have a toddler, so we have only just begun to use the playground. Often when we visit, there is a group of older kids ranging in age from 8-15. There is never a parent with them. They tend to play dangerously on the equipment, such as climbing up the outside of tubular slides, sitting high upon crossbeams and scooting across them, and generally not using equipment as intended. Poor language and everything else goes along with this.<br><br>
Of course when the younger kids see this, they want to try it. I saw one little boy climb up the outside of the slide and got stuck at the top when there was no where to go.<br><br>
Can you give me some suggestions as what to say to these kids?<br><br>
Thanks,<br>
Anndria
 

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Wel, foul language I woudl address directly to the child, something liek "I don't think that's appropriate" or "Please watch your language". Honestly, the rest I woudl not have a problem with. Climbing up the outside of the slide was always the most fun thing at the park. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Believe it or not, I have found that most of the unruly older children I have encountered in playgrounds are quite receptive when you approach them and speak to them kindly. I wonder if they are not used to having adults speak to them in this way, so it makes enough of an impact for them to listen.<br><br>
I've just walked up to kids and said, "Hey, guys, would you mind playing with those hockey sticks over there on the grass? There are lots of little ones here and we don't want them to get hurt, would we? Thanks..." This "help me out" kind of request works a lot better than anything that comes across as scolding or criticism.<br><br>
Of course, if the kids are horrible enough to ignore you, then it is time to either talk to the parents, or if there are no parents there, just suck it up and find another park. Unfortunately, you can't change other people's kids.
 

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ITA with LunaMom. If older kids swear in front of my son, I ask them politely to refrain, and for the most part they are happy to oblige.
 

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I agree with everything that has been suggested about speaking to older kids.<br><br>
I tend to take my youngest son to the playground during school hours though, to avoid the big kid chaos all together. The 6-12 year old crowd is at school, and its mostly little kids during that time.<br><br>
My older son gets playground time at school, so when I need to take them somewhere fun during non-school hours or in the summertime -- we go to the state park and enjoy the creek, paths, rocks, and fields instead.
 
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