Sunday, February 10, 2008

Scooter In or Out?

I have a friend who lets her children ride their scooters inside.
No, not this kind...

It is more like this...



Here's the thing, it is an old historic house with hardwood floors. Am I too much of a scrooge to think that this is too much? Do you let your children ride their scooters, skates, blades, bikes inside? I was just wondering what everyone else thought. Fill me in with the poll to the left. Thanks!

31 comments:

whirligigdaisy said...

One thing for sure, we all have different ideas and styles of parenting. Different rules, etc. Just when I start thinking I'm too strict, I start wondering if I'm too much of a pushover. Oh, help me.

jennwa said...

No, No, NO !!!!
I do have an unfinished basement, if they wanted to do that there, fine, but not anywhere near my hardwood floors. But I am just like that.

Happy Days said...

I don't think your a scrooge. I don't let my crew ride their scooters, bikes, ect. in the house. I have a push toy for William and I am constantly telling the other two not to use it on the hard wood floors because they are bigger. I am with you sista! There has to be some limits.

Steph said...

Well, if my kids had them they wouldn't be riding them inside that is why there are sidewalks. I too have nice hardwood floors and I don't want to spend a fortune to refinish them!

kim-d said...

Now I love all of my "kids" dearly but there just will never be anything with wheels in the house. It's not just the hardwood floors, either--it's the banging into walls, bumping into furniture and the falling and hitting their heads! And that top scooter? Even though at some point in my life I will probably be a candidate for one--oh please, don't let it be so! :)--in Wal-Mart they're really irritating...and dangerous! Now, kids on the second type of scooters in Wal-Mart? THAT might be kind of funny!!!!

Amy said...

what a meanie!!! just kidding!!! i wouldn't even think of it. scooters are for outside!!!

have a great suunday!

katie said...

what?! a scooter in the house? question... why would this outside toy be in the house to begin with?

but that's just me.

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krissy said...

Oh heck no!

No, NO, No! Anything with wheels are outside only in this little household!!!

Anonymous said...

My lil man is allowed to play on his new tricycle in the basement (where there's carpet squares over the cement floor) but NOT on the hardwood upstairs!!!
Refinishing is such a chore (that I haven't had to do yet) and hardwood floors are too beautiful to let the kids scrape them all up. I'm with you my sister-no riding toys on the hardwood floors!
-KY

Mari said...

I'm with Jennwa - not inside except on the unfinished cement floor in the basement.

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Love that you eat cookie dough too!! We should start a club!! The "we live life on the edge cuz we eat cookie dough even though it has raw eggs in it!"

Halli :)

Kristen said...

I don't think you are crazy at all!!

But, I have to admit that we bought our 2 yr old a bike for Christmas, and we let him ride it inside. Here were/are my reasons:
1. New Pergo- not old wood. You really can't kill Pergo. We'd have to get rid of both Labradors if you could.
2. We live on a mountain, not a hill. When it is finally warm enough outside without 6 feet of snow, he will be going either down or up, nothing is level. I would prefer he learns how to ride on level ground, and not going down a 3% mountain grade.

But, as a collector of antiques who would LOVE original wood floors, I would say no way. In that case I would make our little one learn in the garage. (The only other level peice of ground we own, or live by)

Amy said...

Oh no! If it has wheels, it is OUTSIDE!!

Maria said...

I wouldn't, especially since it's dirty from being used outside. I especially wouldn't on hardwood floors. Now if I had a basement with enough room, I'd let them down there.

Kim said...

Lol... my child is only just over 2 but I can assure you he WILL NOT be riding scooters in the house, even IF our house was big enough.

onthegomom said...

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And no way to the scooters in the house, I have never let my kids do that. I have, however, let my son go out and roller blade up and down the street in the winter time (he is 14 now, not when he was little...LOL).

Beth said...

No way! Unless they are driving her crazy and that is the only thing that would give her a moments peace. Or maybe she is going for a really distressed look on the floors but for me...NO WAY!

Kellan said...

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Outside only!!

Hope you have had a great weekend - see you this week. Kellan

MamaGeek said...

You are no scrooge friend!

I wouldn't let the granny or the girlie scooter on my hardwood floors. I think it's a partial respect issue.

Kathryn said...

Um, no. I don't even let my boys zoom their toy cars and trucks on my kitchen (hardwood) floors. I must be a complete scrooge!

karla said...

no way, we live in an apt., but it drives my hubby crazy when they get them out in the house!!!

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

Definitely not! My kids are older and don't ride scooters, but skateboards, inline skates, anything of that nature, nope!

Lizzy

(and you're not a mean mom, either!) :)

Amy said...

We have allowed bikes in the house immediately following the receipt of said bikes as a birthday gift. Once the bike is ridden outside, it stays outside.
Scooters and skates have harder wheels then a bike does, I would say definitely outside.

KATE said...

No, not even kind of! I guess I might be a scrooge too, but um, NO! For a while when the basement was unfinished I let them rollerblade on the cement, but only in the winter cuz they could go outside when it was nice. But that was only last winter cuz we finished it.
So, that was really long explanation to just say HELL NO!!
hee hee

shay said...

I'm new to your blog but I can't help but comment.
NO WAY!
We don't have enough room in our house with 4 kids and a dog all bikes, scooters, skateboards and balls stay outside!

Cecily R said...

Um, NO! Scooters do NOT need to be tooling around on hardwood floors--especially not historic ones!!

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Joanna said...

Nope. They can crash into a tree instead of the furniture as the tree will survive.
We have an historic home too. There are painted floors and the wheels on the computer chair has sliced right through the several layers of paint.

Lisa said...

Maybe in the basement, but surely not through my house. I'm a stickler on that stuff!

Becky said...

I let my boys do that in the garage to their hearts content, but I've allowed trikes inside when for little brother when big brother is at school and he's climbing the walls.

Somehow (except for the gender), this always reminds me of Ramona Quimby, by Beverly Cleary.