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Safety First!

May, 2016

When you are a parent or teacher the safety of the children in your care is your first thought when doing anything. You ask yourself... is this safe? What could go wrong? These thoughts come especially when you go to the playground. In the summer time you want to find out if the playground is too hot, if it has safety surfacing, if there are any ropes or strings hanging anywhere on the structure. There are many things that you can check for to make a safe environment but accidents will happen. Even if our children live in bubbles accidents can occur and that is okay!

In my opinion children learn from their mistakes and accidents.To make a safe environment there are many things that you can check for, as Slyde says “Play Smart – Play Safe." By teaching your children how to play smart and play safety, they will be more adept at making good decisions on their own. Children are always going to want to push the limits when it comes to safety, so giving them the proper tools to handle themselves is very important.


         "Children must be taught HOW to think, not What to think!"                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ~ Margaret Mead

In this issue of the Slyde Essential Newsletter:

  • Safety First!
  • Risky Play sounds worse than it is!
  • Coloring Page: Play Smart - Play Safe
  • Slydetoon: Injury 123
  • Featured Friends: Dick and Sandi Olivas and CJ Stoddard
  • Playground Safety Maze
  • I Spy Slyde

Risky play sounds worse than it is!

Now that I am a parent of a child three years old going on four most everything she does pushes the limits of risky or dangerous. She has always been very brave and willing to climb on anything she can find. I have always done my best to give her space and freedom but at the same time make sure she is safe from harm. Recently I have been reading a lot about people being helicopter parents or caregivers. I personally do not like the term since it has a negative vibe to it. I feel being a protective parent should not be a negative thing it is just in our nature. All caregivers have a primal urge to make sure the children in their care are safely taken care of, whether it is their child or not. No one wants to see a child in pain.

The question is where do you draw the line between over protective and letting children be children. When I was a child my siblings and I had probably more freedom than we should have. We did things that were borderline dangerous but somehow never got seriously injured. I try to remember that when my child goes out to play and try to give freedom with protective boundaries.  

As scary as it can sound children need a little risk in their life to help them learn from their mistakes and grow from their fear by trying new things on their own. The articles below explain how risky play helps children grow and learn in a way that can only benefit them as they grow into young adults.

Written by: Jordyn Stoddard 

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