Today’s incident was one of those times where it was both of the kids bothering each other, the woman even admitted to seeing only part of the incident. But the mother was on top of him, wanting to scold him more than once. When we tried to explain that her son was threatening my son and wouldn’t leave him alone, this mom preached to my son that their age difference alone was enough for him to handle it differently.
I agree, but for my son it isn’t so. I wanted to explain that my son doesn’t have the restraint of a 10 year old, that he’s very sensitive and has a hard time not reacting to repetitive badgering by her son, but instead, I didn’t say anything. I know she can’t understand, I know I’m already seen as the inferior parent on the playground yard. I’m the parent that all the other parents are scowling at.
So instead, I stood my ground and turned to my son who had tears in his eyes and said, “Don’t worry son, she didn’t see the whole incident, I believe you.”
Then we took the walk of shame with our heads held high.