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Do You Let Your Kids Kick Off Their Shoes in the Sand?

There are two kinds of kids at the park — those that keep their shoes on and those that slip theirs off. The fear of germs, glass shards and hypodermic needles nestled in the sand have some parents telling their children to keep their laces tied. While others allow their tots to toss their kicks off and enjoy the freedom of bare feet. What do you do?

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shabalaba shabalaba 3 years
Definitely bare feet! My son loves going barefoot outside, he says that he likes to feel the sand between his toes. Also he likes mud *sigh* big mess. I think that wearing shoes is a bad idea because at the end of the day, their toes were designed to wiggle and move, they can't do that in shoes. You weren't born with shoes so just let mother nature do her thing!
phatE phatE 8 years
At a public park?? HECK no.. I wasn't allowed to as a child either.. If in a back yard, that's different, but I just think a public playground where anyone and everyone can do whatever needs to be a tennis shoe kind of event..
Greggie Greggie 8 years
"Did anyone ever wear shoes in the sandbox as kids!?!" Yes. Not in the one in my backyard, but at any park of course I did. I wanted to, I hated having them off at public parks. I think "where I feel it's safe" is key. Parks generally aren't around here. The beach, I can check out the immediate area and have never found anything unsafe.
rgrl rgrl 8 years
I love being barefoot outside and I want my kids to not be afraid of getting a little messy, so I let my son be barefoot in the sand and grass when I feel it's safe. My son is only 2 yrs. so I'm usually right near him.
blackjade blackjade 8 years
When was the last time your feet actually touched the earth?
macgirl macgirl 8 years
We live right on the beach and it gets cleaned by a little John dear tractor every morning for hours. I have no problems letting my kids run around it barefoot. I don't think all beaches are created equal though. As far as the park goes it really depends on which one, some are maintained daily, some aren't. I think that probably would make a big difference to most moms.
backfat backfat 8 years
The beaches we go to are always in National Parks. I find them to be safer/cleaner than the public beaches that aren't protected.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 8 years
Let the kids be kids!!! Did anyone ever wear shoes in the sandbox as kids!?! Besides no one likes it when they ARE wearing shoes and the sand seems to find its way in anyways!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 8 years
There's no playground by us, just a beach and of course they can take their shoes off.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 8 years
Sure, why not.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
At a park, no. At the beach, yes. It may not be consistent, but I don't care.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
your doctor reminds you? lol, what a control freak. did you know thast if your child steps on a nail wearing shoes it's actually worse because of the things in the shoe that get into the wound? my kids like taking their shoes off so we do it that way.
jumjum15 jumjum15 8 years
Shoes off! ANd YES, you can sit in the mud puddle, nd pick up sticks, and rubber chips. Although I admit he's only allowed a mud puddle less than 24 hours old, after that point, it's mostly dog pee. We're in the city. And this is at a small playground near my house, not the muli-acre park up the street, so everything in moderation. Boy are the other kids jealous sometimes.
crystalvillage06 crystalvillage06 8 years
Sand at a beach or someone's backyard is one thing but sand at a public park? No way would my son be barefoot at the park. I think it is common sense to not let them run around where there could be glass or much worse. I have never seen a barefoot child at the park. If you want them to experience the sand take them to the beach or buy a sandbox.
xoxomer xoxomer 8 years
I'm not a parent..but I was a child once. Unless your child is super allergic or doesn't like the feel of sand, let him kick off the shoes. I would hope a child's pair of beach shoes would be cheap enough, it wouldn't matter if they lost them? Anyway let the kid decide. He/she is going to take them off regardless what you fact this question is so weird. Maybe I'll understand when I have children.
radmama27 radmama27 8 years
Shoes on. My son's pediatrician reminds me at every appointment that shoes should be worn at all times when outdoors. Indoors is a totally different story, thats when they are really learning to walk and things.
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
Shoes off! I've heard that children's feet develop better if they are barefoot... plus, I hardly ever wore shoes outside as a child.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I want my girl to keep her shoes on so she doesn't lose them also there are many harmful things outside at the park. But at home I let her run around barefoot and play in her sandbox without shoes.
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