It’s OK to GO UP the SLIDE {Book Review}

It’s OK to GO UP the SLIDE {Book Review}

I received a copy of “It’s OK to GO UP the SLIDE” ($16.00 value) in exchange for this promotion. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.


It’s OK to Go Up the Slide – Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids takes on new hot-button issues such as banning elementary school homework, increasing recess, and re-configuring (or completely skipping!) kindergarten. Other topics include:

  • Risk & Independence: why we shouldn’t fixate on safety, how and why we should welcome risk, dealing with issues of manners and respect;
  • Children’s Rights at School: building trust by foregoing parent signature requirements, not forcing participation;
  • Sorrow, Empathy & Disaster: why we should read sad and scary stories to kids, acknowledging news disasters, and sharing unfair histories.

When I first started reading this book, the first thing I personally thought of was….I only wished I had read this before I placed my children in school.  It does touch base on the importance that parents are the head of the household and not the schools.  It reminds parents that they know best of their children’s needs more than anyone.  Currently, there are high expectations for early education right now and that some of the basics seem to be slipping right thru parents hands…such as recess time and homework.

As mentioned, this book does touch base on some “hot button” items that would probably put some teachers (and parents) through the roof if they read it…like banning elementary homework, skipping Kindergarten, and not forcing participation.  But it also touches base on the overuse of technology and that families are not entertainment centers and that children need to learn how to entertain themselves.  In general, this book pulls a lot of good ideas to just think about as a parent.

If you are a parent who looks “outside of the box” for parenting and not just going with society and it’s pull…then this book is for you!  Get your copy today!

It’s OK to Go Up the Slide – Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids can be purchased at Amazon or Barnes & Noble or anywhere books are sold.


More About the Author

Heather Shumaker is a journalist whose writing has appeared in Parenting, Pregnancy, and other publications. Her first book was It’s OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and holds a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An advocate of free, unstructured play in homes and schools, she lives in northern Michigan with her husband and two children.



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