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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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