Remember that kiddie travelers lounge at the domestic airport? DW and I had the place to ourselves for about 30 minutes when a rowdy group of older kids and their mom, a tita and someone else came barging into the lounge. The mom plopped herself in a chair near the door and started texting. DW was playing with the toys at the table minding his business. The kids were all over the lounge, some were in the playhouse, some were in the small see-saw and some went to the table where DW was. I loved that there were other kids now so that at least DW would have some other folks to play with. While DW was at the table, another kid went beside him, SHOVED him aside and started playing with HIS toys. I saw it! I was beside DW and all I could say was HEY!!!. I looked at the mom, she was busy texting.
I took DW’s hands and said out loud, LET’S GO DW! THESE KIDS PLAY ROUGH (dapat pala may kasama pang HARUMPH!) We wore our shoes and left the lounge.
I know I should have done something (or nothing) but that incident made me realize how much of a newbie parent I am. If that was me in DW’s situation I would have told the person off but this was DW and I wanted him to learn something from what happened. What should I have done fellow mommas and poppas?
Should I have:
- Told the kid off?
- Told the mom what her kid did?
By doing what I did (which is essentially retreat and run away gaaah!!) did I fail to teach DW here how to fight for himself?
Help Me!!! I have no idea what I’m doing!! How about you? What would you have done?