Hello fellow parents.
I have a bit of a situation and I was hoping on receiving some of your feedback.
A little background; my daughter was born in Cambodia and has a Cambodian mother. My daughter (Pollin) and I moved to Australia in December '15. I am an Australian. Pollin is 3 in December '16. She is happy, healthy and is quite advanced for her age. Her grandparents have 2 small dogs of whom she is very fond.
The issue I'd like to talk about today is the mother's intolerance of my daughter's role-playing behaviour. Pollin enjoys pretending; she loves hopping like a kangaroo, scaring people like a ghost and crawling on her hands and knees pretending to be a dog.
Unfortunately, her mother has taken deep offence to this behaviour and is of the belief that my mother (Pollin's grandmother) is doing the wrong thing by encouraging her. Specifically, it's the acting like a dog that offends her as in her country dogs are sub-standard and dirty animals.
It's reached the point where my daughter's mother now flatly refuses to speak to my mother, putting me in an extremely difficult situation.
I am of the belief that role-playing and "pretending" is completely normal and healthy for a <3 year old. I've done a bit of reading up on it and I can't find anything to say it's not a good thing.
Looking forward to the community's opinions.