We went to the mall a few nights ago to look for running shoes for Blake. We grabbed a bite to eat at the food court and when it was clear Sadie wasn't in a shopping mood, I offered to take her to the kid's play area so Blake could shop in peace.
One of our malls has a place specifically for situations like this. There is a huge boat, a bus, a train and several cars that the kids can entertain themselves with. Sadie is on the boarder line of being old enough to actually play on these things. They are big but watching her climb up the stairs or struggle for 10 minutes to get herself situated in one of the cars is pretty cute. She loves it. The only problem? Other kids.
I have reached yet another phase that I wasn't quite prepared for: dealing with kids that are interacting with mine. It's an interesting thing. Sadie was little compared to most of the kids that were running around that place. She kept getting knocked down, pushed out of the way and bullied out of toys that she was playing with. Aside from the time she cried when a little boy grabbed the steering wheel from her, she didn't seemed to be bothered. Me on the other hand? I was bugged.
We waited our turn to play on one of the toys but right when Sadie was about to climb in, a little girl jumped in and pushed Sadie out of the way. This is where my dilemma comes in. What do you do? Do you say something? Do you grab that little girl and tell her it's not her turn. Or, do you let that girl stay put and find something else to play with? It's a hard situation because I know that girl's parent was probably watching. I don't want to be out of line but at the same time, I don't like to see Sadie bullied. So what do you think? Have you ever been in a similar situation? How do you handle other people's children?