I have a 2 year old, small for her age and shy, that I take to the nearby playground pretty much daily (I don't have a car and it's the only walking-distance park). Lately a group of bigger kids (the oldest one isn't even 9) have been there and they swarm all over her. They fight over who gets to pick her up, push her on the swings, push her down the slide, and she gets stuck in the middle of these fights. I'm big on "letting kids handle kid stuff", if it was another toddler messing with her I probably would let it alone and let her learn to handle it, but 4 school age kids on one small 2 year old is ridiculous. These kids are ALWAYS unaccompanied, so there's no parent or babysitter I can talk to. I've asked them dozens of times to "leave the baby alone" but they don't care, and I'm not getting physical with little kids. My little girl is now scared of the park. Ideas?Answer Question
Answer by ObbyDobbie at 7:10 AM on Nov. 9, 2010
Answer by RheaF at 7:22 AM on Nov. 9, 2010
I would really put my foot down and get in the middle in your face attitude, let them know you are in control not them, do not let them run you out of the park.
Answer by older at 7:32 AM on Nov. 9, 2010
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Answer by happy2bmom25 at 11:28 AM on Nov. 9, 2010
Although I think it's sweet that the big kids like her so much it is obvious she doesn't enjoy the attention so you have to get involved. I like the idea of threatening to tell their parents. That's usually enough to get most kids under control.
Tell them if they don't leave the baby alone they will have to walk you to their house so you can talk to whoever is home about their behavior. I know if my kids came home from the park with an adult in tow they would be in all sorts of trouble. Just because they play unaccompianed doesn't mean I don't care about their behavior. If they are midbehaving I would love for someone to tell me. I would hope I raised them better than that but you never know.
Answer by justanotherjen at 11:28 AM on Nov. 9, 2010
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