Rude kids and mom's that don't care at the parks on post.
I haven't been so upset in quite a while.
Today Daniel was off work, so we took AJ to a park on post. As soon as we arrived she got so very excited and started asking "Mommy, where are all the kids?" We told her no kids were there today. "Awww" She then continued to play for the next hour and a half and had a blast with Mommy and Daddy.
Then two mothers arrived with three kids; a girl about 5 and two boys about 3 and 4. AJ stopped what she was doing ran over, "hi kids! I'm AJ!"
The girl gave her a dirty look, one boy ignored her and when the other boy's mom said "tell her hi" he responded "I don't want too."
Cheerful AJ tried her best to play but they just ignored her.
The mothers sat down at a table. The three kids took off, AJ yelled "Kids! Wait!" and ran after them. They refused to even acknowledge her. Told her to go away, complained she was there and as AJ ran down a hill after them, the girl shoved her down and threw a bunch of leaves in her face. AJ said "I'm ok."
Daniel yelled 'no' at the girl...which scared the crap out of her but she stopped. We coaxed AJ to another part of the play ground to get her mind off the kids, but you could see she was hurt.
Through all of this the women sat there, never once watching their kids, reprimanding their behavior.
AJ doesn't get to play with many kids. She isn't in daycare. When she is around them she is outgoing, friendly, often stopping what she is doing and offering her toys to others. It kills me to see others ignoring her and being downright mean. Ugh.
AJ is 2 1/2, advanced verbally for her age, and very bright. She is also small for her age...still wears 18 months on a good day. Maybe it is her size. I don't get it. She is the child that smiles and waves at everyone, who gives up her toys to others and offers her snacks.
It killed me that the mom's weren't even sitting where they could clearly see their kids, let alone keeping the girl from pushing AJ around. The girl was even hitting her brother and swinging part of a branch at the other boys. Frankly, a bullying brat.
Needless to say, we left and came home. AJ cried to go play with the kids halfway back to the house.
Maybe I'm being too sensitive, but if AJ acted like those kids, I'd be mortified.