okay, so when i was a kid, ppl climbed up slides. so i'm at the par with my kid, and every other friggin mom who ahs a kid that tries to climb up a slide is screaming at her kid "you do NOT climb UP a slide! you go UP the stairs and DOWN the slide!"
well, yeah, that was the original intent, and theat's how it gets used most of the time because it's easiest, but does that make it so wrong? i mean, really, they might as well be yelling "think INSIDE the box! or better yet, stop thinking altogether." i mean, seriously. does everything have to have rules?
as a sidenote, these are not free-standing slides, but are attachments to massive and very safe play structures, and climbing up is no more dangerous than sliding down. i'm teaching my kid to be courteous, and to get out of the way if someone's going down (since it takes him FOR-EV-ER to climb up... squealing "i can doo iyit!" all the way ) and to not do anything dangerous... and i think that's where the parental interference needs to end. i mean, so long as he's using manners and being safe, what's the big friggin deal?
of course, one or two moms were giving me the evil eye because i'm one of those horrible parents who lets my kid climb up the slide. oh, yeah, and i also let him get dirty (eek... yeah, let's get our little girls dressed up in a skirt and dress shoes and take her to a park and then yell at her to not do anything fun cuz she might get dirty... (#%(#^%()#& parents... it's like dangling a twinkie over a kid's head and bopping him for having the audacity to reach for it... but i digress...)