As a parent, you know how challenging playgrounds can become. The reason is it’s your kids who make you visit it regularly. Other parents are also there with children. Every playground has its rules, but you may find some ignoring them.
It’s also common to see other kids looking on as if they want a bite, for example, when yours are eating. However, they may be allergic to certain foods or snacks. Other parents may also spot your kid playing dangerously, and ask themselves if your child came alone. This post looks at 8 playground etiquette rules and tips to observe as parents.
Kids don’t know if toys or anything else may have owners. Denying them means they start crying. The best way is by asking the other kids’ parents if your child can play with that toy, for example, for 5 minutes. Most mums and dads will accept after such requests.
However, avoid letting your child play with infants' toys. That’s especially for those attached to their baby strollers. The reason is bigger kids may have dirty hands out of running around the field. You also don’t want to distract an infant playing alone in their stroller.
Some parents put toddlers on playing equipment meant for older children. That puts these babies at risk of getting hurt. As a concerned parent, you may decide to remind them of age limits.
The best way is by excusing yourself and telling them about previous incidences. Most parents will appreciate.
Another playground etiquette rule for parents to observe is when your baby wants to pee. As much as you may offend other parents, you can take your kid to the bushes or sides, for example, if the washrooms are far.
However, make sure you carry wipers and changing clothes. Kids can get messy in the process. Consider purchasing a portable potty in the case your favorite playground doesn’t have nearby toilets.
Ensure that your children play with equipment that matches their age. For instance, kids between 2-5 years have a stronger center of gravity. Let them play with short railings and small steps equipment. You can also let them enjoy in crawl tunnels, slides not higher that 4 feet and tot swings.
For children between the ages of 5-12, you should remember they have strong muscle coordination and arm length. That means they can play with climbing equipment, seesaws, tall slides and horizontal bars.
Sometimes kids take too much time on equipment such as swings. It’s a good idea not to interrupt a kid who's having fun. The best way is to teach your children how to share such things. That’s by letting them know they only have 5 minutes left.
If it’s another parent who's refusing to give turns, you can approach them and inform them of a queue. In most cases, they will accept.
When handling food in amusements parks, ensure you carry garbage bags. That prevents food particles or snacks getting thrown around the playing field. Trash bags help to keep the area clean, and also eliminate ants that feed on leftover food.
You should also monitor your children’s movements on the playground. That’s because kids are competitive. They may get into arguments with other kids on whom to use toys or swings first.
You want them to play, but also be courteous to others. You should also encourage them to apologize if they are the ones on the wrong side.
Make sure you teach your children to be careful when approaching swings. They should not approach them towards the direction of someone who’s swinging. The best way is to wait until another child is done. That avoids injuries to them.
You also don’t want your child climbing slides. That’s because they risk getting injured if other kids come down from the top. Prevent them from throwing sand or splashing water onto slides. That also minimizes risks of accidents happening when other kids start playing.
Going out with your children should be easier by applying the above playground etiquette rules and tips. Remember to teach them about sharing and to avoid risky behaviors such as climbing on slides.