Khadijah - posted on 04/18/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )
Lately since the weather is warming up I have been taking my 2 yr old twin girls out and about and we run into all different types of children along the way. Either on the playground, in the mall, at the library, etc. My girls are always super excited to see other children because I am a stay at home mom and they are home with me during the day. It bothers me when one of my girls has this big smile on their face and waving at someones kid and the other child (usually older) just kinda turns away or they don't respond by saying hello. When this happens I watch the confusion on my girls faces as they don't understand why there isn't a smiling face staring/waving back at them. Most times I end up trying to calmly say to them "Come on sweetie, its time to go" or "She doesn't feel like talking today". Is it right that I always swoop them up and out of a situation?
I guess its just the Mommy in me to want to protect them from having their feelings hurt. How do I explain to them why another child may not return a "hello", a smile, or a wave, to them? I hate to say it but some times I just want to tell the other child that its rude to not respond back when someone is speaking to you, but I know its not my place to say that to them.
Any advice would be appreciated.