Why to do about someone else’s kretinous child

February 6, 2012

Dear Max

We had another of those gorgeous Twitter moms get-togethers on Saturday. There were cappuccinos, laughs, commiserations and exchanges of parenting woes.

You played in the sandpit for ages, content and chilled. And then all of a sudden I heard you were a little distressed, while Nicki was brushing sand off you because some little terror girl had taken a spade and thrown sand all over you. I wanted to discipline here like her parents wouldn’t, and I wanted to yell at her not to touch my child or other children. Instead, I asked her politely not to throw sand over children as it hurts them.

It made me sad. It was unprovoked, and I realised again that I can’t protect you from everything. That along the line there will be kids who hurt you, and that maybe you’ll even be the hurter (though I’ll try my best to raise you into a good kid who knows there are consequences for bad behaviour).

I’m sorry dude that there will always be bad seeds. That there will be hurts. But I know you’ll be strong. And you’ll say no, or wangle your finger. And stand up or take the high road where necessary.


You and your awesome friends

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  • Robyn

    Please please please Lord, I pray that this kretinous child was not mine!!!!

    February 6, 2012 at 8:31 am Reply
  • Cat@jugglingactoflife

    Awh, what a cute picture! And so true, life is tough. And even worse is the shock where my little darling one day was the aggressor. Oh it hurts. Maybe even more than if your child is the one that gets hurt.

    February 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm Reply
  • Tania

    You need to arm yourself with a Scary Face. I had to do The Scary Face with a terrible child on Saturday. I make sure my kids behave and will intervene if other people don’t watch their children.

    February 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm Reply
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