I almost punched a kid in the face today. Is that inappropriate? Immature? Well, some of these little brats make me revert to child-like tendencies. I can't help it.
Another train incident. [Maybe we should find a new favorite hobby for Niall.] So we're back at the kid's library this morning and Niall is doing a great job sharing and playing with the other little kids and all that. We even managed to leave without a temper tantrum. He waved goodbye and everything. Great morning.
But then I realized later in the afternoon that I forgot to return our library books that were due today. No biggie. I figured, hey, what a treat for Niall-- kid's library 2 times in one day!
When we went back, there were just two 5ish year old boys playing at the train area. And there were about 15 trains. But of course, they had every single one of them and were not willing to give one up. Luckily, I had brought Niall's Thomas the Train in my diaper bag, so it was all good.
Until I noticed that they were being SO INCREDIBLY MEAN to Niall. A 16 month old. They were chanting "GO A- WAY! GO A- WAY!" in his face and hitting their trains against his to try to knock it out of his hand. Whenever he would try to put his train on the tracks, they would run over and push it off, yelling "No! You can't put your train on here!"
Thank God he didn't fully understand what they were doing because I probably would have burst into tears. The thought of Niall looking up at me with those sad eyes, wondering "Why are they being so mean to me, mommy?" makes my insides churn. And my blood boil.
This time, I was not just mad at the mothers... I was actually mad at the kids, too. I know that sounds crazy, but it's really hard not to get emotional when you have visions of your kid sitting in the corner of the playground at recess while the other kids throw balls at his head.
So even though I thought about throwing down (kidding), I decided to go stand behind Niall and say things like "Are you having fun with the trains, Niall? Is everybody being nice?" And I told the kid he had to give Niall his Thomas train back when he eventually ripped it (the only train Niall had to play with) out of his hands.
Again, I have to ask: Where are their moms???
Anyhoo, I guess this is just taking me one step further on my path to assertiveness. Here are some shots from earlier in the day, when playing with trains was just fun and games ;)
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