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Install an Indoor Swing, Instill Self-Confidence

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The idea of hanging a rope ladder or swing from the ceiling might strike fear into the hearts of many parents, for the safety of both their little ones and their walls.  Yet, experts at Stanford’s Shyness Clinic recommend doing just that.  The Shy Child : Overcoming and Preventing Shyness from Infancy to Adulthood advocates indoor swinging, climbing, and other mildly risky activities to foster self-confidence in more naturally reserved kids.  Click through for inspiration on how to successfully implement this idea in your home.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to install a Chuck-E-Cheese-style monstrosity in your play room to reap the benefits of a little rough-housing.  One or two strategically placed items will suffice.  Although IKEA’s EKORRE line seems to have discontinued its swing (temporarily?), it’s still worth checking out for other affordable indoor playground options.  Real Simple has a few installation tips here and if you really want to go all out, there’s this custom airbrushed wooden surf swing at Modern Convenience.  So go get yourself an indoor swing or rope ladder and, as Max would say, “Let the wild rumpus start!”



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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kara @ KSS January 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Such a neat idea. I’m going to suggest it to my husband. :)


Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com January 27, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Kara – be sure to come back and let us know how the idea went over!


Curly Birds January 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Love this idea – I want one!


Kate February 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Love this….wish wish wish we had the space!!


Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com February 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Space can definitely be an issue – don’t forget you can also opt for an indoor slide, trampoline, climber, etc. and reap the same benefits.


J April 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I have had a swing (sometimes alternating with the rings from ikea) for several years! It was more than worth it especially during long winters or rainy weeks.


Kirsten Schueler May 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I bought the Ekorre swing at IKEA yesterday! Its BACK! I bought it from the one in Woodbridge, VA near DC. Its only $14.99! so excited to put it up, my girls will LOVE it!


jennifer July 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm

We put the ikea swing up in our playroom a few years ago and my kids still love it. Also put the ikea rings in my daughter’s room this year and it is her favorite thing in her room.


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