Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Playground Etiquette

I would like to think that when a mom or dad, or nanny or grandparent, or any other person taking care of a child takes them to a public space such as a playground they would be cognizant and considerate enough to close the gate once they have come inside.

While I completely understand that I am responsible for my own child, I have see other children run out onto sidewalks and into streets because adults do not take responsibility for closing these playground gates, which are there to help keep our children safe and protected within reason.

I don't have much to say here except that I am extremely frustrated with the adults in my neighborhood who continue to not close these playground gates who then become shocked to find their unattended children somewhere else, or heaven forbid, not aware at all, in the middle of a street. Some of these adults even shrug it off like it's no big deal.

Maybe I am an overprotective parent who wants to best for my child and that includes safety. While I can't expect others to follow suit with how I protect my child there should be some common sense rules. Feel free to keep your doors open in your homes and play areas but public spaces should be a safe space for children to play and adults need to take responsibility.

My only advice here is continue to be cognizant for your own child and don't expect much from others especially when it comes to closing gates in playgrounds and other much needed areas where our children need this protection for their own good.

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