Kids,  Navi Mumbai

My rant about playparks in Navi Mumbai

It’s no secret children love playparks. Even when I take my kids to the zoo or city aquarium they keep asking whether we’ll go to a play park as well. A toy train ride or boating is followed by lots of fun in a playpark too. There are plenty of playparks in Navi Mumbai, and I have thousands of photos of Adriana on swings, slides and climbing ladders – I’m sure every parent has a similar collection:)

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Same with Alexandra,

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and little Ares is about to join their sisters too.

I’m not one of those overprotective mamas who don’t let their kids make a step left or right without supervision. People in India have a relaxed attitude towards safety and I like it: as an example, open doors of the buses and trains kind of imply you should use your common sense and nothing will happen to you.  But I do believe in taking all the precautions where safety of the kids is concerned. That’s why I have a few questions to the manufacturers of the play park equipments in Navi Mumbai (in case they read my blog 🙂 )

The question number one – is it necessary to attach swings to the slides? I understand, many parks in India are not very big in  size and it’s a general tendency to keep the playground as compact as possible. But the danger is obvious: a child slides down, runs back to the ladder to climb again and gets hit by someone else on the swings. One would say, a child should have some common sense not to run there, but how much common sense can we expect from a small kid in excitement? Putting the swings a bit aside would solve the problem.

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This is a monsoon  photo, but you can see what I’m talking about – swings are right next to the slides.

Another thing, there is no safety features on the swings for the smallest.

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I noticed, however, Indian parents swing their 2-year-old smallies  really high and nothing ever happens – the kids are taught to catch the ropes/chains really tight. But why take chances?

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Aren’t swings for the smallest supposed to be something like this? (photo from the net)

The height of some constructions is terrifying as well – I think an adult would have a hard time falling from there, not to mention the kids, especially when there’s a whole group of them and they keep pushing each other.

 I remember an old lady in one of the playparks gave me a piece of advice: “Relax, take it easy – it will make your daughters tough”.  Should I?

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