So last week I went out with my 2 children and a friend and her son. We ended up at a shopping centre pay area due to the rain. Everything was travelling just nicely, not a problem in the world, the boys were playing just nicely. And of course as always I commented on how well it was going and it was like a bell rung to start the fighting. I was talking to my eldest when I noticed a mother run over to where my 2 year old was and was yelling about being gentle and so on, I at this moment, thought she was disciplining her son. Not long later Mr 2 decided to pull at my friends son’s face so I pulled him out for a while for discipline. After some time I let him back in, not long after he then did the same to the child from the first incident. I was right there so I grabbed my son and asked him to apologise. The mother then apologised for yelling at my son…..I didn’t know how to react as I didn’t realise this is what had happened. I then became very angry at myself for not being the one to see my child hurt another and be the one to discipline hime. This was surprising behaviour for him and the whole experience upset me greatly. I apologised the the other mother and explained I didn’t realise what had happened. This ate away at me for th day. I felt quite upset with myself. Since then I have given myself permission to not be perfect, hopefully I can remember that next time and not be so hard on myself.

Posted by michelle_margetts, 16th July 2013

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