Christmas is over, the New Year is beginning. Not much to look forward to and we have a lot of days between now and spring.
Living in Seattle with the dreary rain almost daily, we need to get out and run off all our (the kids’) energy.
Sometimes our only option is the mall play area.
Aside from the disgusting germs covering every inch of the submarine slide, it’s my favorite place to go. And even though I douse the kids with antibacterial when we leave, I’m still paranoid for several days…kids are so gross.
Don’t get me wrong, I really do love it there! Mainly because my kids love it!
Once I do resolve to go, I’m all in. The kiddos always have a blast!
But. There is always that A-hole kid that is a bully.
Have you ever had to tell someone else’s kid not to hit your kid? Not only is it awful you feel the need to do it in the first place, but you’re also looking over your shoulder waiting for a crazy parent to flip out on you for talking to their kid.
Don’t worry, the parent never shows up. They’re either off shopping (illegal, by the way, to leave your kid in the play area), or they’re too engrossed in twitter to notice their kid is being the A-Hole.
The other day, it was MY kid being the jerk. My husband was there and he saw the whole thing.
This adorable little blonde boy went up to my girl and said “Hi!” She ignored him.
She fell down. He ran up to her to ask her if she was okay. She ignored him.
He was trying to play on the slide with her. She slowly, but steadily, pushed him off.
I wasn’t there, but knowing my girl, she had the slightest hint of a smirk on her face.
Once she got home, she told me all about it.
Where do we go from here so this new development doesn’t escalate?
We told her if she can’t be nice to the other kids, then we won’t be able to play at the mall anymore.(This is her “being nice” to her brother, or rather, hanging onto him so he can’t get out of the boat…)
I guess we just have to wait until next time to see how it goes.
We will not be the parents with the punk kid that plows their way through the play area knocking over everyone in their wake.
Have you ever had to deal with the bully kid at the mall? What would you do if it was your little one?