While dropping JJ off at the kids club at the gym today, something happened that really ticked me off. I was waiting in line to sign him in when a mom and here three children came barrelling through the door. Her daughter, a little older than JJ, went straight up and wrapped her arms around him. I thought, "HOW SWEET!" Then she leaned in for a kiss. The Kids club worker rushed over and said.. she bites! While I was trying to figure out what she meant, JJ suddenly yelped and recoiled showing a large and deep teeth mark on his cheek directly below his eye. Honestly, she almost broke skin. Now, I know that toddlers play like this. They slap, push, and scratch. Usually insuch cases, you seperate the children and make sure your child know not to do that again. Then you apologize to the mom if she is there. It isn't your fault.. it is the child's age and part of how they learn cause and effect. Understanding all this, I scooped him away from the vicious child and waited for her mother to scold her or to swoon over my child.. or both.
I got nothing. Her mom literally did NOTHING!
Angrily, I stood next to her and remarked how I thought she was going to kiss JJ. Her mother (who admittedly is a little consumed with all her children) just mentions how she "never kisses... only bites." Am I supposed to feel sorry for her that her daughter only bites???
What the heck, lady.... Leave your devil child home... or at least be sure to let other mothers know to not let their much more sweeter children hug her. Clearly she was a repeat offender as evidenced by the kids club worker's futile warning!
JJ's eyes quickly dried and he was playing happily in now time... Jaws marks and all.. Meanwhile, I was quietly thinking of a whole slew of insults to fling at her, instead I went up the stairs to lifting class.
Tonight, as I write out this story, I wish that I hadn't have lost my temper and I am glad I didn't say anything more to her. I am sure she is a good mom and I can't imagine having three children to keep track of. I think children are the best at this. They are the ultimate forgivers.. always offering their love and quickly forgetting hurt feelings ....or bites.