A mother has sparked a fierce debate after she revealed that she encourages her kids to climb up the slide at the playground – and claimed the simple activity had a slew of benefits like building up confidence and teaching problem-solving skills.
Mom-of-two Emme Nye, 29, from Idaho, recently launched a major argument about whether or not kids should be allowed to go up a slide after she posted a video to TikTok highlighting some of the reasons why she thinks it’s vital for development.
Emme claimed that it not only helps improve kids’ ‘gross motor skills,’ but it has also taught her two young children vital social cues, but some people slammed her for encouraging them to ‘break the rules.’
‘I’m that annoying mom at the park that lets her kids climb the slide,’ she began in her video.
A mother has sparked a fierce debate after she revealed that she encourages her kids to climb up the slide at the playground
Emme Nye (seen with her kids), 29, from Idaho, launched the major argument after she posted a video to TikTok explaining why she thinks it’s vital for kids’ development
Emme claimed that the activity not only helps improve kids’ ‘gross motor skills,’ but it has also taught her two young children a slew of vital social cues (stock image)
‘Not only that, I’m encouraging them to climb the slide. I’m so passionate about it, I will get in verbal disagreements with parents at the park about why.’
In a follow-up video, the 29-year-old explained that she found climbing up the playground staple was a ‘lot more engaging’ for kids’ ‘little bodies and muscles’ than just going up the staircase was.
‘There’s also a lot of social and emotional benefits as well,’ she added. ‘Depending on the kid, the slide, and the skill set, they’re often not gonna make it on their first attempt or every single time they try.
‘The risk to that is very minimal, it’s fun, they just slide back down. But they’ll feel discouraged and try and try again until they finally get to the top.
‘The confidence that they build from trying and trying again and finally succeeding is so good for their little developing minds.’
She explained that the activity ‘forces kids to take turns in more of an abstract way’ than just going up and down normally.
‘My kid now knows that going down has the right of way, so if she’s climbing the slide and someone wants to go down, she’ll slide down so they can go down and have their turn and then she’ll try again,’ she continued.
‘Or, if she’s close to the top she’ll ask [the kid], “Hey, can I finish and then you go down?”
She said it has had a slew of other benefits for her kids, like building up their confidence and teaching them problem solving skills. She’s pictured with her kids
She explained that the activity ‘forces kids to take turns in more of an abstract way’ than just going up and down normally
‘It forces communication and problem-solving skills and teaches them to look out for one another, [it teaches] these unwritten rules of society.’
While many people agreed with Emme’s perspective, others were not here for the idea – and some even branded her as ‘annoying’ and ‘inconsiderate’ for allowing her kids to climb up the slide.
‘”I am encouraging them not to follow the rules.” Literally all I hear,’ one person wrote.
‘Rephrase this to say, “I’m that inconsiderate mom that doesn’t respect rules of safety or other children who are respectfully waiting in line to slide,”‘ another outraged user commented.
Someone else said, ‘Definitely annoying,’ while a fourth added: ‘If you love it that much get a slide.
‘You nor your kid own the park and the etiquette is to climb the steps, slide the slide, and not to bump into each other.’
‘Me too, climb away kiddo,’ one supporter wrote. Another said: ‘Yes, it’s great for muscle development.’
While many people agreed with Emme’s perspective, others were not here for the idea – and some branded her as ‘annoying’ and ‘inconsiderate’ for allowing her kids to climb up the slide
Some people, on the other hand, warned about the dangers of the activity
‘It’s SO GOOD for their bodies to go up,’ someone else wrote. A different comment simply said: ‘Totally agree.’
Some people, on the other hand, warned about the dangers of the activity, with one teacher writing: ‘I’ve seen kids thrown from high on the slide while climbing up. [They get] hit by a kid coming down and get knocked off. Ambulance call.’
‘Lots of other ways to practice those same skills without being dangerously eight feet in the air,’ a different comment read.
‘While climbing up a slide is fabulous for gross motor skills, if other children are present it creates a safety situation,’ another person wrote.
‘I’ve seen kids climbing up winding slides get plowed into because the kid at the top can’t see that there’s a kid at the bottom climbing up, and vice versa,’ someone else agreed.
In one last video, Emme responded to someone who described her as ‘selfish’ and ‘entitled.’
‘I think it’s selfish and entitled to tell a kid there’s only one way they can play with any toy, especially an open-ended toy like a playground,’ she fired back.
In another video, Emme responded to someone who described her as ‘selfish’ and ‘entitled.’ She fired back: ‘I think it’s selfish and entitled to tell a kid there’s only one way they can play’
She added: ‘There are no written rules, at least at any of the parks I’ve been to, that say that a kid must sit on their bottom and face forward when going down the slide’
‘There are no written rules, at least at any of the parks I’ve been to, that say that a kid must sit on their bottom and face forward when going down the slide.
‘The more pointless rules that you give them the more you limit their creativity and cooperative play.
‘Believe it or not, kids can figure these things out on their own if we let them. And that’s not to say that I’m always there watching and helping if need be.
‘Just because my kid wants to climb up the slide doesn’t mean yours can’t go down. They can take turns and they can figure it out.’
While chatting with Today about the internet’s mixed reaction to her video, Emme, who has a background in early education, explained that she hoped speaking out about it would encourage other parents to let their kids ‘break the rules’ sometimes.
‘Climbing – or crawling – up a slide helps develop gross motor skills. They’re working more muscle groups and figuring out how to use their bodies,’ she added.
‘You’re not going to get that from walking up steps and holding handlebars. They’re using their hands and feet at the same time, which means they’re going to have cross-brain connection. These things are all so important for developing bodies and minds.’
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