So you want to get a trampoline, but your parents aren’t into it. How do you convince your parents to spend the $175-475 for a great big backyard trampoline?
To convince your parents to buy a trampoline, you’ll need to ask nicely, listen to them about their concerns, share all you know about benefits of trampoline exercise, talk about the low cost compared with other entertainment toys like video game consoles, tell them astronauts use trampolines, and then accept their ultimate decision gracefully.
Asking nicely is an important first step.
This shouldn’t surprise you, but parents mostly want to give their kids good gifts. Sometimes asking nicely can go a long way.
To go along with asking nicely, you need to have patience. (See the last tip.)
Find Out About Their Concerns
It’s possible that you’ve already asked your parents nicely for a trampoline and they’ve said no for a reason. Any relationship requires people to listen to each other.
Ask your parents what their top concerns are about the trampoline. Then close your lips and stop talking so you can really hear their answers.
Growing up with a trampoline was so much fun, most of the time. But there were accidents, like the time my brother’s best friend bounced me so high I came down on his head, bruising my ribs and hurting his head.
Safety could be one of your parent’s concerns.
Another concern could be the cost. Everybody has hard times financially sometimes. Big gifts like a trampoline aren’t something most people buy on a whim. It takes thinking and planning to make a big purchase.
Your parents might have other concerns not listed here. Ask. Listen.
Once you understand, you’ll be able to do one of two things:
1) talk to them about their concerns and offer ideas on how to resolve those concerns, or
2) understand why they’re saying no and accept that answer.
Before you give up, there are a few good ideas you can share with your parents, respectfully, to see if they want to change their minds.
Tell Them About the Health Benefits
Trampolines are safer than ever these days, what with 8-foot guard nets, spring-covers, and even springless trampolines!
And aside from these widely available safety features, trampoline exercise comes with surprising health benefits your parents will love to hear about.
For one thing, jumping and running on a trampoline is actually better aerobic exercise than running on a treadmill. It’s exercise that’s fun!
Way back in the 1980’s someone at the University of Michigan did research to compare running on a treadmill with running on a trampoline. In this case it was a miniature trampoline.
They measured the calories burned during both activities for twelve minutes. In the same amount of time, people burned more calories on the trampoline than they did running 5 miles per hour on a treadmill.
And since the trampoline mat bends down when your feet hit it, your knees and joints don’t get as much stress as they do running on a hard surface.
That’s not all. Trampolines help you to build strong, lean muscles. Your core muscles, the same muscles that work hard when you do sit-ups or climb a tree, get a great workout while you’re jumping.
There are other benefits, too. When you jump high on the trampoline, you can feel weightless, like you’re flying. That triggers chemicals in your brain called endorphins that actually make you feel happier. Trampolines are good for your brain health and mood.
As long as you follow safety rules, trampolines can be safe and very good for your entire body and mind.
Compare the Price of a Trampoline to the Cost of Video Game Consoles
Now that we’ve tackled safety and talking to your parents about the benefits of jumping on the trampoline everyday, here’s an idea that will help if your parents are concerned about the cost of a trampoline.
Trampolines do cost a lot of money. The cheapest one at Walmart is around $175, safety net and all. But compared with other exercise equipment and other entertainment options, it’s actually quite a nice price.
Treadmills and exercise bicycles can cost up to thousands of dollars. The most expensive trampoline at Walmart, one that’s as big as a half-court basketball court, costs $475.
Video game consoles aren’t cheap, either. They usually cost between $300 and $500. A lot of parents would rather have their kids out jumping on a trampoline rather than stuck inside glued to a video game screen.
If you’re serious about wanting a trampoline and the price is a problem for your family, offer to do some odd jobs around the neighborhood or to pitch in some of your own savings from birthday money.
Parents are often impressed when their kids are willing to do some work to earn an opportunity.
Tell Them About the Astronauts
This idea is purely for the cool factor. Who doesn’t want to be like an astronaut?
Make sure to tell your parents that when astronauts are up in space for months at a time in the International Space Station, they’re floating and losing bone mass.
Their bones are getting more fragile and breakable because they aren’t using them to fight gravity and hold themselves up.
When astronauts return to Earth, part of the physical therapy they do to get stronger again is jumping on a trampoline.
We need to use our muscles and bones regularly to keep them strong. Trampolines are great for using those parts of our body without over-stressing them.
Tell your parents you just want to be like the astronauts.
Accept Their Ultimate Decision
Finally, the moment of truth comes. After you’ve asked nicely, listened to their concerns, and told them all of your great ideas for why having a trampoline would be the greatest, stop.
What your parents say next will be their final decision.
Your relationship with them is more important than anything else you may want, so make sure you show love and kindness to them, even if they give you an answer you don’t like.
They might have a really good reason for saying no. If you keep on fighting the “no” to try to change it to a “yes,” the only thing that will happen is hurt feelings and frustration.
Remember that your parents love you no matter what. They really do want what’s best for you.
If your parents say yes, CONGRATULATIONS!
Check out the articles here on Backyardables.com about trampoline safety and taking care of your trampoline in winter and summer weather.
And don’t forget to thank your parents for this new opportunity to be responsible.