This morning Little Chick and I had to run to the mall. I thought I would throw in a trip to the mall playground at the end, hoping to wear her out so that she might nap (yep, still no nap!)
She was playing along just fine and starting to really enjoy it when I looked down at the far end of the play area and see a boy about 3 years old grabbing her and shaking her. As I start to get up and run down there I see him taking her whole hand and shoving it in his mouth. At this point it feels like slow motion; I just can’t get down there fast enough. I start yelling, “no! no! no!” and grab her and pick her up and she’s got these HUGE bite marks on her hand. I’m thinking, “where in the hell is this kid’s parents?” Finally his mom pops up and grabs him and makes him apologize (which I do appreciate), but then she takes her kids and throws them in the stroller and BOLTS! She honestly got out of there as fast as she could and never looked at us again.
I was so angry. If my kids had hurt another child that badly I would surely be mortified, but I would never, ever leave without making sure the other child was o.k. and would do anything possible to help that mother.
It all just made me really sad and I really didn’t know what to do. What would you have done?