Yesterday I took DS to the local playground. It is a lovely one designed especially for the littlies and he loves to go. There was lots of other kiddies there too. An incident made me leave early and I just wanted to know if I was being silly?
DS spotted a football over near some people (not in the main grass area, right next to the slides) and he wondered over and went to pick it up. An older kid ran over and pulled it off him and slapped him on the head. His mother apologised and made the kid apologise to DS. His mum described him as very possesive of his toys and prone to violence. DS wasn't too fussed, but you could tell he was a little confused. As soon as I walked away with DS the ball was dropped and left.
A little while later we headed to the swings and the ball had been left next to them. I had to remove DS as again he wanted the ball to play with. I spotted the kids older brother and asked him to remove the ball. He kicked it as hard as he could to the other side of the park. DS saw and went to follow the ball. At that point I had to leave as I didn't want DS to kick off and didn't want him to get hurt again.
He is only 13 months old. It is very difficult for him to understand that he can't play with something at the park. I would not take toys to the park unless we were happy to share them, and if they were causing a problem I would of stuck them back into the car.
What do you think?