Okay, so we’re at the shoe store yesterday. This particular shoe store has a huge children’s section which has a lot of toys and books and stuff for the kids to play with. Of course, this creates its own chaos. There are kids running around with just one shoe on, parents asking, “where did you get that?!?” and, even though there are numbers to take for a salesperson, there are a ton of people jumping the line.
So, I am at the little play table with my daughter, playing, as well as making sure she gives back any toys she grabs away from another kid and apologizes. She’s still learning the whole sharing thing, so we tend to have to “hover” a bit. So far, she’s pretty good at sharing things she doesn’t want, and that’s about it.
While she’s playing with this… uhm… I don’t really know what it is. Some sort of playset for freaky looking people or animals or something. Anyway, while she’s playing with it, a bigger kid butts his way in and starts playing with it. My daughter is intimidated, and quickly grabs a couple other toys nearby and holds on to them for dear life. The older kid’s parents weren’t around to say anything, so I just stood there like a dummy not knowing what to say.
My question is, what could I have done or said to this kid, if anything? Is it okay to attempt to teach manners to other people kids? Is it okay for me to explain to my daughter right then and there that some kids are just rude, or don’t know their manners?