This morning I was at a playground I hadn't been to before, the play equipment was a bit advanced for my 19 mo DD so she was just running around as she does watching the other kids play. I'm pretty easy going and where there is no immediate danger I tend to let her discover things for herself. Anyways I was moving DS 6 mo out of the sun and had my back turned for a second. In this time DD ran towards the swings, there was a lady there pushing her DD high and my DD just ran around the back of the swing, the girl on the swing was swinging forward at the time but I agree that DD would have had a nasty accident if she was hit by the swing. The lady pushing the swing was furious with me and said "for goodness sake " she was muttering under her breath shaking her head. I apologised to her and tried to explain to DD she needed to be more careful. I am a responsible mother and felt like sh@t. I do think however that the lady should have been more mindful of other kids as well, it wasn't just my DD near the swing.
If DD is doing something that might endanger or hurt another child (ie not waiting long enough to come down the slide) then I intervene.
So my question is - is it generally acceptable to let your child roam free in a gated playground whilst watching from a distance?
I want DD to learn possible danger situations but I would never intentionally put her in the way of danger.
Please don't judge me I feel judged enough already today and struggling with whether the judgement was harsh or just rude!