The Chatterbox

The Chatterbox

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mouse's picture mouse

I try hard to balance rules with Scooter since he will blindly follow so many of them.

Our rule on the slide thing is that he can't climb up them when other people are waiting to go down. I figure "approved" use trumps other play.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

We have the same rule, of course, but still I'm always surprised how many parents enforce the slide rule even when their child (or someone else's) is the only kid on the slide.

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

One thing I have been surprised about as a rookie parent is the difference between what I thought would be "fun" and ended up being terrifying for me as a parent. Playgrounds, pools, lakes, anything involving heights or water. Sheesh. I am a big chicken at playgrounds, always worried one of my kids will fall from some place very high. I can imagine it's very freeing, once you know your kid can handle the equipment. I don't worry too much about what other people's kids are doing, mostly just my own. I can't imagine that woman's motivation, why she would feel the need to make that comment to you. If she felt that way, she could've just said to her own kids that she didn't want them climbing up there. And leave you alone! If it's not posted at the park, she's just making up rules. I want to make up one too, it should be posted at all playgrounds. "Mommies, be nice to each other!"

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think that's the heart of the issue--each parent enforce rues to their own comfort level. I have seen some kids doing things I don't want my own kids doing, but I certainly don't go after the parent--I just talk to my own children about what our rues are.

I'm a nervous wreck when it comes to water. It's funny how comfort levels vary!