Parents allowing their children to climb UP slides is one of those controversial parenting issues. If you let your kid go up the slide, you don't control your child enough and pose a safety risk. And those who prohibit slide climbing are helicopter parents who don't let their kids have any fun.
I used to be against slide climbing. When my oldest daughter was two, she was knocked off a slide by a child climbing up the slide as she was coming down it. She broke her arm. I was shaken for a long time, and this confirmed my negative view of slide climbing.
Fast forward a couple years, and I learned that slide climbing was positive for a child's sensory development. I questioned my stance, and I am now in favor of children being allowed to climb slides.
Benefits of Kids Climbing Slides
- Provides a Heavy Work Sensory Experience (Proprioceptive Input) - A child pulling herself up a slide is a sensory experience that can increase attention and body awareness.
- Allows a child to learn that rules can change based on different factors. In real life, rules don't always stay the same and aren't always black and white. For example, teaching a child that slide climbing is only allowed when the park isn't crowded is a conditional rule or a babysitter might not allow it, and the child needs to listen to the adult in charge.
- Gives the child the opportunity to learn courtesy. It is polite if a child allows the children sliding down to go first before climbing up the slide.
- Accommodates for the well being of other children by explaining to your child that slide climbing shouldn't happen if there are lots of younger children who aren't as skilled and independent on the slide. This makes them aware of the needs of other kids.
- Contributes to building their creativity by allowing them to physically experience that objects can be used in different ways.
So what is your stance on slide climbing?
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