Today Lucas and I were playing at a park. There were a bunch of kids there probably 5 and under and they ran into the field, Lucas wanted to run with them. I didn't have a problem with him making new friends and running with new kids. So off they ran. I was standing back so I didn't see all of the next events, but the kids were playing with some sticks. At one point Lucas ran over to grab one of the sticks and one of the older kids was running towards it as well. Lucas got there first and bent down to grab it. The older kid then went to kick the stick and instead kicked Lucas in the side of the head. The kid then grabs the stick and runs away. Of course Lucas screamed and sobbed. I ran over and consoled Lucas. Poor kid, generally he is probably quite sheltered that way and if we are ever somewhere and there are a lot of kids he'll shy away from the situation. I felt so lost in what to do in the situation. Part of me wants to strangle the older kid for kicking my son, even if it was an accident stop and apologize. Part of me wants to strangle the kids mother, where is she to teach her child to not be a bully.
What is the right thing to do in the situation? Do you yell at the kid, cause that was my instinct. Would the mother get mad? It's not really my responsiblity to disipline other children, but where is the mother to do her job? I felt so protective over my son, Mama Bear wanted to roar. As Lucas gets older I find this happening more often. Am I being to over protective becasue this is my first time going through this? (As we were driving home after this incident, I did think, could I home school my children)
Luckily I got to spend the evening pondering all these questions while looking into these eyes.