Your let your kid do what?

Yesterday I had two other parents have issues with what my child was doing. One was minor my child was climbing on a wood fence in the rain. We went for a walk along a lovely path next to the ocean and we stopped to talk to a nice lady with fun rain boots and a  handsome dog. Little  (as always) was interested in the dog but she knows you have to ask the person before you can pet. The dog in question was a Pit so the owner was standing between us and the sweet dog who was standing there with perfect manners. I told her we love Pits and Little said that dog looks like Apollo and so we told the lady the story about our sweet pouch Apollo and how we had to get him a new home because of a neighbor. We talked about how people are so wrong about Pits and Little had enough of us talking and went to do her own thing. The lady was sweet enough to just nod in Littles direction.

The other lady was borderline crazy. before our walk we dropped off my mom for her doctor’s appointment. As we took the elevator down another woman with her child joined us. I think he daughter must have been about 8. Little was touching outside of the elevator doors as we waited for it to come to our floor. The doors started to open and the lady let out this crazy scream with what might have been words if she was not borderline hysterical. She turned to me and said “she could have had her fingers pinched off, did you see?” all wide-eyed and panicky. I smiled back at her.  The kids tried to push the button for the ground floor and her daughter was able to, Little was too short. I told Little “oh looks like your not tall enough yet.” The other lady said “do you want me to hold her up?” I said no. I thought What are you crazy? she can’t reach it is ok. I don’t think this will be a defining moment in her self esteem.

But later as i was walking I did that thing that all moms do and wondered. I am not paying attention enough. Do I let my kid do risky things am I a bad mom. Ok I know I am not a bad mom it is just that train of thought you go on when you get criticized by multiple people. So this morning this found me and it made me feel much better.

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4 thoughts on “Your let your kid do what?

  1. Summer

    You are a great mom, and have a great child. Tell the others to stop questioning your awesomeness.
    No Little fingers weren’t going to get chopped off, and it is normal for children to want to climb fences regardless of what she was wear.
    By you trusting your little girl you are letting her explore the world she lives in.


  2. kairi

    What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger…pretty sure you aren’t going to let her do anything too dangerous! 🙂 My kid is 16 now (survived childhood!) and I think it’s really good for them to fall down and bump once in awhile, I have seen over and over again how kids who were not allowed to have the learning experiences grow up to be nervous, anxious older kids and teens who aren’t willing to try new things. You sound like a great mom.

  3. Lleni Carr

    Some moms will probably give you grief about even walking in the rain. She’ll catch cold they think. Or some such thing. Maybe that woman at the elevator had experience with somebody who got seriously hurt by an elevator door. I over-reacted when Nico was very little and putting a balloon by his mouth. He probably wasn’t even walking yet. I had just read about a high incidence of kids suffocating when the balloon broke and shot out pieces which included a piece shooting to the back of the mouth and closing the windpipe and being irretrievable without an instrument and maybe a doctor. I was freaked out about it and batted the balloon away from his mouth.

  4. It’s funny when I see people overreacting to stuff like this. The human civilization didn’t last this long not taking chances and exploring.

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