This morning, Jaye and I went to the Collin Creek Mall Play Area to burn off some energy. Jaye loves the mall play areas. She can climb and slide and play and watch other kids! The only thing she doesn’t really love is any other children coming near the structure she’s currently playing on.
Obviously, in a busy play area, there are always other kids near her and playing on the same thing. Usually, she gripes/grunts in annoyance, and I say, “It’s okay, she can play there too. You can share.”
But today, two things happened that made me think I needed some advice. Which I hope to get from you, dear blog readers and peoples of the world wide web.
First, Jaye hit another little girl. The other little girl was just minding her own business, climbing up the steps behind Jaye to go down a slide. She wasn’t being pushy or rude, but Jaye just turned around and hit her on the head. Of course, I grabbed Jaye’s hand and sternly said, “No hitting. Be gentle.” I told Jaye, “Say I’m sorry.” And then I apologized to the little girl’s mom who was standing right there.
Second, I overheard another mom of a littler one (a girl about Jaye’s age) stopping a bigger kid from pushing past to go down the slide first by saying “Wait a minute. It’s her turn now.” And it made me realize that the bigger kids do that to Jaye all the time, and I don’t say anything about it. No wonder Jaye wants to hit kids who get near her. I felt bad for not standing up for Jaye more. Correcting other people’s kids is definitely a sensitive area, but I thought the mom’s way of dealing with it was good. I’m going to adopt it and do a better job next time we’re at a park or mall play area.
I need some advice. How do you deal with your little one hitting other kids? How do you not die of embarrassment? How do I deal with the annoying kids pushing past Jaye and not taking turns? How do I stand up for Jaye without being the playground police every second? How do I teach Jaye not to be that annoying kid in a year or two when she’s bigger?