We were not going to playgroup at the library today.
Thankfully we have a really awesome library that has a huge section dedicated to kids! We're really blessed in that sense; they have a huge library section and lots of family-friendly get-togethers.
Lois enjoyed herself with the toys and other children*, learned that sharing is good for everyone, not just for others to share with her, and also learned that getting whacked in the head with a book isn't the most fun thing in the world.
|The most fun toys, EVER.|
Because really, it wasn't a big deal. It wasn't a hammer. The kid didn't go for the eyes or the jugular*, and obviously Lois was fine. No tears, just confusion. I didn't get upset because there's no point.
A few minutes later another mom came over and said to me "I would have lit into that mother if she had let her little boy beat my daughter like that! I'm surprised you could control yourself! She needs to learn how to handle that little boy better!"
I explained, after a moment of confusion, that it wasn't a big deal. My daughter was fine. Her son stopped when told "stop." There was no point of getting angry.
She looked at me like I had three heads and one of those heads was spouting Nazi propaganda. I don't think either of us got our point across to the other. I'm pretty sure I didn't and I know she didn't: I've never met someone who wants to get across to others that they're a crazy person who overreacts to everything. I mean, if that is actually what she did want to get across to me then I guess she succeeded but I'm guessing it's not.
She has made me curious now, though. Is it just me? Would you have gotten upset about a gentle book beating of your child, assuming nobody was hurt? Would you have lit into the other mother to control her child better? Am I just too laid back about this?
I'd really love to hear your thoughts because she has me confused and curious.
*Who are not pictured here because I did not get express permission from the parents to put them on my blog. Any time you see my daughter with another child in these photos I have asked the parents if I can take their child's photo AND if they are okay with the picture going onto this blog. I would hope others would have the same courtesy.
**I put "jaguar" here way more times that I care to admit. Also, a paper cut to the jugular would be one of the weirdest things to explain at the ER, I think.