- Ireland's Online Resource for Parents & Teachers

Parenting & Education in Ireland - Ireland's Online Resource for Parents & Teachers

Parenting & Education

× Home Parents Associations About Us
Log in Register Forgot password? ×

Rules of the playground!

Posted by School Run Mum on 19/05/2011. Tags: School Run Mum

text re imageI have something to get off my chest about playgrounds. You see, they bother me. Not because I don’t like them; I do. Very much, and the fact that there is a shiny, brand new one about to be opened at the end of my road is fabulous news for the community. But they bother me because some children just don’t seem to understand the rules of playground play.

Take, for example, the simple slide. Now, I might be very old fashioned and totally out of touch, but as far as I was aware slides are for coming down? Right? There is usually a set of steps or a rope ladder or some climbing device provided for the kids to make their way to the top of the slide. Right? So why, oh why, do some children insist on spoiling all the fun for everyone else and running back up the slide when there is clearly a queue of kids at the top waiting to come down?

This absolutely infuriates me. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have had to explain to someone else’s child – and usually a child of school-going age who clearly understands the technicalities of using a slide – that they are going to have to move out of the way or nobody else will be able to come down.

OK, I might be being a bit of a ‘control freak’ and I’m sure my own children have run up a slide on the odd occasion, but only when there is no one else around and certainly not when there is a whole gang of toddlers and pre-schoolers forming a small flash-mob at the top.

So, please, please, please parents, as we head into the longer evenings and warmer days and flock to the local playgrounds to enjoy the facilities, have a word and remind your children how to play properly. Apart from being dangerous for younger children, it just simply spoils everyone’s fun.

Thank you.


No documents found

Submit a comment

Please respect the terms of use of our discussion boards. Full terms here .
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. When you submit your comment, you'll be sent a link to confirm it.
Name Email

Related News

The Home Straight 27 June
Second Time Around 21 June
On Your Bike! 13 June
My News 7 June
Don't Forget Dad 6 June

More News

Recent Comments

July provisions tutor needed in limerick asap (becred, 25/05 19:03)
Urgent need of Home Tutor for Autistic twin boys (Angie2011, 25/05 18:57)
July Provision Westmeath (trishbmurphy100, 25/05 18:21)
July Provision Tutor Limerick/North Tipp (becred, 25/05 15:07)
summer provision for August 2022 (emmacate77, 25/05 11:24)
Kids Routine Chart (aliciaortego, 24/05 22:24)
July provisions tutor needed in limerick asap (becred, 24/05 16:23)
July provision teacher needed in Mulhuddart (Eugo, 23/05 17:47)
Tutor/SNA available in South Dublin (LT2021B, 23/05 15:45)
JP Summer or Term time after school Monday tutor. (Fishcake, 22/05 11:48)