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Moms Talk: Playground Etiquette

How do you deal with a trip to the playground?

Do you read the posted rules when you walk onto a playground? Do you see people following them?

Some parks have posted rules and others don’t. Some are posted as no smoking and others are not. Some parks are intended for younger children and some are intended for older children.

Do you have your own rules when you take your children to the playground? My son can’t yet walk, so we don’t yet have any rules, but Katherine Martin shared her playground rules on Baby Center. Martin’s rules involve basically being aware of the other kids and the other people using the playground, such as not throwing mulch, not climbing up the slide or not dropping food.

Do you have rules for slide use? How about dealing with other children or parents?

Barb July 29, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I agree with you, Bob. As a Mom, I was also amazed on many occasions when other Moms would be completely oblivious when it came time to tend to their kids and think nothing of someone else caring for them on the playground. I would never think to do that. You're right, too, it can be a lot of work taking the kids to the playground, but that's OUR job as parents. They should enjoy this time with their kids, believe me......my 3 boys grew up sooooo fast.
CC July 30, 2012 at 02:27 AM
I wish the parents would get off of their phones and actually interact with their kids. I see texting, talking, Facebook, etc. being done by the parent as their kids play. Drives me crazy.
Roxborough Area Man July 30, 2012 at 02:11 PM
How about Mom's and Dad's talk? I was very active in my son's life, taking him to the park all by my male self. In fact, a significant portion of the parents at the park (usually Pretzel or Gorgas) were men, though not a majority. The parents you criticize for not playing with their kids are the parents actually doing the right thing - taking them to the park to socialize! Too many kids are shelved in day care or hidden from the light of the sun while their parents watch television. At least these parents get their kids out of the house, and the occasional squabble is simply those kids learning the skills of real life, one Tonka truck controversy at a time.
KMC July 30, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Well said Rox! I interact with my kids all day...I take them to the playground to play. Yes,I will play with them, but they can go play with other kids as well. I text on my phone, and chat with other parents while there, and also keep an eye on my kids. If they need help, I will help, and will push them if needed....but I do not need to be the only person they play with.
CC July 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM
The parents I am referring to are the ones who sit down and stare at their phones from the moment they get there to the moment they leave. I have a toddler so he still needs to be watched as there are usually places he can fall off of playground equipment. I feel like I am always helping kids out whose parents have their faces in the phone. I also do not want my kids to have memories of me staring at my phone. What is so important in that text?

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