Taking your child to the playground can provide a nice break for both of you.
It is a great way to keep your child active during the warm summer months. It also gives you time to let your child run free out of the house combating summer boredom.
The only real negative of taking your child to the playground is encountering parents who lack a sense of playground etiquette.
This can ruin the trip for both the parent and the child.
Make sure you are not one of these parents by following these simple playground etiquette tips:
Watch Your Child Closely
Many times when a parent enters the playground area, they breathe a sigh of relief that they can finally get a break. However, it is very important to keep an eye on your child.
You may need to get involved if your child gets into an argument with another child on the playground. If you are watching closely, you will be able to redirect your child and stop the incident. If you are not paying attention, you may miss these instances causing other parents to have to intercede.
It is also important to watch your child when using playground equipment. This equipment is designed with children in mind, however there is still room for accidents.
The swing set is one of the most popular pieces of playground equipment. Therefore, a line of kids wanting to swing may form.
If children are waiting to swing and another child has been on it for an extended amount of time, it causes both the parent and the child frustration. If a line forms while your child is swinging, you should have them wrap it up. This keeps more children happy and creates a better environment for them to play in. It also teaches your child to be considerate of others.
Stick to the Playground Age Limit
There are many playgrounds that have smaller equipment that is better suited for preschoolers or toddlers to play on. This is to keep these smaller children safe while allowing them to have fun. Please make sure to adhere to these age limit rules.
By bringing your much older child to this playground, you are taking away the safety factor that the small playground is designed for.
These smaller children are much slower and can easily accidently get hurt by an older child who is only trying to play. By using age appropriate playground equipment, you can help to keep everyone safe and having a good time.
These simple tips will help keep your child’s time at the playground a safe and fun experience. It will also prevent many situations occurring that may have a negative impact on your child, thus ruining the outing.
It is very important to keep an eye on your child so that you can ensure they are following the rules. After all, the playground should be an exciting place for all children to play and have a great time. With these simple rules, parents can assure that this occurs.