I know most of this is my momma bear, you-hurt-my-baby talk, but seriously. If there are younger kids (who are the appropriate age) playing, shouldn't the older kiddos sit out, or at least be told to calm down? I only say this because Benjamin got hurt twice today. The first time a little girl pushed him and he got a gash on the corner of his eye. The second time a little boy (about his age) pushed B, backwards, down the steps. He tumbled, tumbled, tumbled all the way to the floor. And then he screamed. I'm so glad that children's bodies are so incredible durable and flexible!
So, momma's of the world with toddlers, what would you do? I didn't do anything. Amy and I decided that was enough and we packed up and left. But out of respect to parents of younger children, wouldn't the other parents have been more considerate of the little guys running around? Or, momma's of older kids, do you not typically check the play area and let your kiddos make the call? No judgement here - either way - I just want to know what you do.
Patrick said I should call the manager and let them know that the area is being abused, but I know that having a play area means that the rules are going to get broken and it's the parents responsibility to watch their kids. What I wanted to do was go over the the mom and dad of "little bully toddler" who pushed B and tell them what happened, but I lost my confidence and didn't think that was too appropriate :)
Anyways, give me your feedback. And I know this isn't the only time my boy is going to get pushed around or hurt in a public place (by another child). It's just the first time - help me work through this!