slip n’ slides

Ok, I was watching the today show this morning, and they were doing one of those annual bits on playground safety. They went through the playset stuff about not having the swings too long so they don’t go above six feet. Ha, six feet. I know many of you didn’t go to my elementary school, but for those of you who did….do you remember the swings at Emerson! More like 20 ft! And if you fell off, you just rolled down the hill! And the principal was the best swing pusher! He made you go super high! Next they talked about the rubber chips that you’re supposed to put in the playground area. I wonder what happens when those get picked up by the lawn mower. Then they talked about the trampolines. Yes, dangerous things. “don’t buy one!” they said. To me, trampoline’s are like pools. You want your friends to have one, so you don’t have to take care of it/have liability insurance, but you can play on it all the time! hehe. But my favorite bit of the segment was when they talked about the slip n’ slide. They went on about how parents shouldn’t use it because of the distance you are falling (how funny), and that you shouldn’t go head first. What? Yes, ignore the picture on the box of the child going head first. Ok, here is where I need to speak up. The dangers from this toy are not which way you slide, it’s whether you could find a spot of ‘yard’ that wasn’t full of large rocks, so you don’t slice your stomach (or back) open on the way down. And if parents think that they are protecting their children by just not buying one altogether, think again. The bigger danger then becomes your creative child trying to make their own slip n’ slide with large black trash bags, held down by heavy objects, like rocks, and a friend with a hose. And the only reason a parent wants to slip down the bright yellow slide, is because they never had one as a child. They made their own. =)

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  • Anonymous - It makes you wonder how any of us are alive doesn’t it? It’s amazing the “dangerous” things our parents let us do. Do you remember the metal slides that were almost straight down that would burn your butt and legs in the summer? You could go even faster if you sat on a piece of wax paper, and our playground didn’t even have anything under it besides blacktop. I guess I’ll have to buy some bubble wrap to cover this child with so they never get hurt! –J

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