Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Playground does not mean ground-up kids

…In the Wayback, HA’s kid’s school wanted new playground equipment. Of course, we parents have to pony for it—and even then something was wrong with it and it caused a huge hassle.

…HA remembers it as being big railroad-tie type loggy things bolted together.

…Whatever happened to tacky little swings that always had one leg bursting out of the ground when you went “high”? You couldn’t beat that for a sickening and thrilling LURCH! Thump...thump...thump.

…Anyhow, the Univ of Health Sciences in Philly has some tips for playground safety.

…Kids need some chance to fall, says Roger Adeishi, JD, assistant prof of occupational therapy. “They need to learn what not to do,” he said.

… Playgrounds today exercise all parts—including fine motor skills and social interaction (in addition to wild racing around, hanging upside down, pushing kids off from the top, and that lurch).

…Yet, playground equipment is the leading cause of injury to children. Cushioned surfaces are fine—but parents must still keep an eye out.

…Yet, parents should not hover. They should stay at a distance and only intervene if things get really hairy.

…If you do put a tacky swing in the backyard (apparently and happily these still exist), remember—it can get beaten up. Inspect regularly.

…You mean rebury that leaping leg? Maybe some concrete?

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