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Playground Etiquette

Dear Playground Parent,

Please pay attention to your child. Not just to make sure they are safe, but to also ensure they are playing “nicely in the sandbox.” When my 3-year old, after waiting for 5 minutes, asks your child if she can have a turn on the slide, please encourage your child to give her a turn. Or, are you not even paying attention to what your child is doing? Why should your child get to run up the slide and then slide down over and over and over without another child being able to take a turn? And, please, teach her how to wait until the child in front of her gets off of the slide before sliding down and pushing her onto the ground. When your child makes another child cry, I think it’s time to put down your sandwich and pay attention. And, to the parent whose child spit at mine…really?!?!

I’m pretty strict about manners, but I don’t think it is asking too much to expect adults to take some responsibility for their child’s behavior – share, don’t spit, and play nice. Please.

Thank you.



  1. Jewell July 31, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Well said! Way to go Commuter Mom.

  2. Anonymous November 4, 2009 at 10:45 am

    The parents who make me absolutely irate are the hypocrites! It goes without saying boys are physical! Many of them play rough. When several other boys instigate rough play with my son on the playground, there is zero intervention or discipline from the other parents. (I call them the daycare clique.) I don't expect that my son will continually tolerate these repeat offenders, so I intervene every time. So the other day I had my back turned for no more than a minute and my son finally retaliated by pushing another boy off of him. Now one of the parents finally takes notice of the situation and calls me out, because her son had been pushed, even though he was on top of my son. She has the audacity to lay into me. I guess these people are fine with their children hurting other children. When it comes to payback time then rough play is no longer acceptable. The days of personal accountability are gone. The cellphone has taken over. Don't blame me or my kid for your negligence.

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