Playing Nice Indoors & Outdoors

Written by: Beth Cohen Dorfman

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One of my favorite things about living in the city is the number of parks and play spaces I can go to.  We have a stash of things that live under the stroller to make the playgrounds even more exciting.  My kids know that everything we take out to play with must be shared with everyone at the park and my husband and I make sure this happens.  The overriding question is this: Why don’t all of the adults make sure that their kids are doing the same thing? 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that we all tag along after our kids every second, and let’s be honest: I like to talk to the other adults.  However, I do try to ensure that I can see my kids at all times to make sure that they are safe and kind.  I’d also like to go on record as saying that most of the adults I see at the playground are doing exactly the same thing.  It’s always a few bad apples that spoil the bunch, isn’t it?

I’d like to propose some basic “Play Space Etiquette” for us help our kids observe:

  • Keep your kids within your line of vision.
  • Teach them to go up the stairs and down the slide. 
  • Help your kids share their toys at the park and take turns with the toys they’re playing with in the play spaces.
  • Encourage your care-givers to be actively involved.

Remember that your kids want to play with you… As much as you want to talk to other grown-ups, check your email, and just sit (and I’ve been guilty of all of those things!), make sure that you take some time to play.

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Posted on November 08, 2011 at 9:17 PM