Playground Drama

Several days per week, I strap my kid in the jogging stroller and we take off. I usually run a few miles, stop at our local playground so he can stretch his legs, then run back home. I love the days when he finds a nice little friend to play with, but some days I just shake my head. For instance, this little girl (see photo below)…well, there is one word I’ll use to describe her and it is “brat”!

The two of them played together nicely, until another girl entered the picture. Suddenly the brat’s mood changed and she wanted NOTHING to do with my kid. She yelled “go away” and “leave me alone” and “I do not like you“. He was like huh?!?! So, he went to the other side of the playground and she followed behind calling him names (meanwhile, her father was watching and didn’t say a word)!

So, my son decided he’d be a boy and show her some Transformer moves. Check out her crossed arms as he began moving like a robot and then saying “boom boom”.

I couldn’t help but laugh! She came over to me and said “he won’t leave me alone” and I just raised my eyebrows and made a “I don’t really care” sound (yes, there is a sound for that!). I didn’t have to say a word, my expressions made her realize that she needed to back off.

My kid was over it and found a nice little boy to play hide-in-go-seek with. All was well in the universe again.

Before we left, he decided to attempt the monkey bars (the last time we were there, he tried at least 20 times, he’d fall, brush himself off and do it again). He’s definitely getting stronger, it won’t be long until he will do more than just hang there!

When it was time to leave, we ran around Lake Eola and would you believe we saw the little brat and her father. She LITERALLY stuck her tongue out and crinkled her nose up as we jogged past them. He asked “mommy, why is that little girl so mean” and I said “some people are just not nice, don’t take it personally”.

Who knew little girls were so moody at such a young age?!?! LOL!

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6 Thoughts to “Playground Drama”

  1. Oh, I have been there! And it’s a nightmare. I’m always much angrier at the parents, though, than the kids. It’s not their fault that they’re completely undisciplined. Thankfully we haven’t had any bad incidents at the park lately but when my mom took E. to Gatorland, there was a rotten boy at the splash park. He kept spraying her and all the littler kids right in the eyes with a water gun — and he parents never said a word. My mom didn’t care about being as diplomatic as I sometimes am. She marched over to him and told him to knock it off, then marched over to his parents and told them to control him! Oh, the power of grandmothers!!

    Glad you guy had such a great attitude about it and happily found someone else to play with. And his question is an impossible one to answer. If you come up with a magic answer, let me know because I struggle to answer it all the time!

  2. It is so sad when the “mean girl” attitude starts at such a young age 🙁

  3. Ahhhhh! The fact that her father didn’t intervene would have irriated the heck out of me. I really can’t stand when parents think that being at the playground suddenly relieves them of their parenting duties. I always have my eye on my children (not my iphone) when we are at the park and don’t hesitiate to step in when they misbehave (which is often-they are pretty wild).

    Glad your son found a normally behaved child to hang out with. And how cool that he can almost do monkey bars! I was never able to as a kid, so I am in awe of anyone with that kind of upper body strength. 🙂

  4. Vivian

    Too bad his great grandma wasn’t there!….just like Jackie’s mom, she would have let that father know what he was doing wrong and not have worried about the scene it made. Sounds like you are doing a great job at teaching him how to handle people even at his young age.

  5. Aunt Sis, it took all I had not to give her father a piece of my mind (little Edna almost made an appearance…wink, wink).

    I try to teach my little guy to let things like that roll off his shoulders and move on. He’s a sensitive soul though, even today he is asking “mommy, why was that little girl so mean to me”. But today, we had a SUPER playground visit!

  6. See… that’s just one more reason I don’t like going to the park. And it’s more the parents than the kid because they’re not paying attention or attempting to correct their child’s bad behavior.

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