Anita - posted on 05/22/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
Yesterday a boy who was 3 or 4 years old starting pushing my 16 month old on the playground. I told him firmly to stop because it was not nice. He walked away. Then he almost walked back to where my son was a couple of times but kept looking at me before getting too close. I kept giving him looks to say that he should not try again. He did not do anything else. His mom was close by but very engaged in a conversation with some other moms and not looking at her son. All of this made me wonder - what's the proper way to deal with this? Should I be disciplining other people's kids or just go to the mom? Would I be a tattle-tale if I went to his mom and is that the wrong message to send to the son? This situation was very tame but what if he had kept trying? Obviously when my son is old enough, I will teach him to stand up for himself but for now I have to be involved.