My daughter likes to play with a neighbor girl, which I let her do under certain circumstances, only because this particular girl's mother gives her a lot more freedom to run around the condo complex than I'm comfortable with for my own child. So I let them play outside when I'm nearby, and my daughter doesn't get to cross the street or go inside this girl's house. But then my daughter, who is five, told me yesterday that this girl had shown her a dead blackbird in a flower bed by her house and said she killed it with a rock. I don't know if that's true--birds are pretty quick, and it would be a lucky shot for a kindergartner to hit one and kill it. But whether she did it or just thought it up when she saw the dead bird and told my daughter she did it, the whole thing seems weird to me. Why would a little girl even think about killing birds with rocks, much less do it or tell someone she'd done it.
Would this concern you? Would you keep your child from playng with the other girl, or just blow it off as a kid thing? Would you go to the other girl's mother and tell her? I don't know the mother very well at all. The kids have had lots of fun together, though--the other girl is into playing dress-up, so she brings out princess costumes and the like, and the kids do fashion shows out on the grass. I'm really torn.
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