Alright, I am the first to admit that my kids are a little mischievous. Well, that's an understatement. They get in trouble and do naughty things, but what kid doesn't right?
Yesterday was a complete disaster! And hopefully over time the memories will fade, the pain will lessen, and hopefully history will NOT repeat itself in our home!
After a long day of screaming, fighting, losing a 10 pound bag of sugar to my carpet, and countless timeouts, I had had it with the boys and should have put them down to bed and hit the sack myself at 4 pm. Instead I went with a group of friends to a family festival at the university. Every department had a both with family friendly games, free stuff, and displays. They also had food and music.
The boys had a great time! Sammy really loved the bug booth because you could look at the bugs through a magnified glass. He was also intrigued by the Engineering guys who had a flight simulator set up, and a remote controlled tank with a camera and eye piece. The engineers LOVED Sam. Sammy is brilliant with electronics and they could NOT believe he was only three. This is where all the people from the local papers and school bulletin came over and started taking pictures of him because it was just so dang cute!Nephi was a little confused in virtual world... But he loved the "hat!"
Mostly it all went smoothly until the last booth. They had a bunch of kiddie pools set up with water toys inside. There were no other kids there, so I let the boys play freely. Sam got attached to a little water funnel thing where you pour the water in and wheel spins. They were playing so nicely until a group of kids and their moms came.
Immediately, one of the little girls tried to grab Sam's water toy. He was fast as lightening and grabbed it first so she couldn't get it. Her mom started freaking out when the girl proceeded to throw a tantrum. I had no problem over what Sam did, he was playing with the toy... and I believe in sharing and taking turns as much as any mom, but I didn't expect him to give it up right off because some other kid wanted it NOW. Besides, I have noticed that if I stand out a while, the kids can usually solve their own problems. So I watched as the mom started to reason with Sam to give up the toy. Sam said, "No."
Then I couldn't believe my eyes when the MOTHER started to grab the toy out of Sam's arms demanding that he give it to her and that the was naughty for not sharing. This was my cue to step in.
By the time I got there, a split second, the mother was yelling at Sam, because she couldn't get the toy away from him. She called him some names that I wouldn't ever call my own child, and she was violently and physically shaking him to pull the toy out of his fingers. Sam was screaming and crying. I was livid and scooped up Sam who was still holding tightly to the toy.
"Let go of my son!!" I yelled in her face. Mama bear was here, watch out!
"He won't share with my daughter!" She yelled back at me, her face red with anger.
"How old are you!?" I snapped rudely. She was completely taken aback.
"You need to teach your son how to share!" She spat.
"And you need to teach your brat how to take turns!" I retorted. Yeah, so I wasn't being to nice, but I could seriously sue this woman for accosting my boy. I took the toy away from Sam and shoved it at her.
"Actually, lady, you should be ashamed of yourself. We're going now, but I want you to know that you just physically attacked my special needs child, and if I wasn't in such a good mood right now, I would press charges." The look on her face almost made me laugh as I took my boys and walked away. Hopefully, she will never forget that next time she decides to act like a preschooler.
Have you ever had an adult try to discipline one of your own? Did you react better than I did?