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For saying hello to a toddler in the park with his parents?

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MrBloomsNursery Wed 27-Jul-11 21:59:56

We have a new large sandpit area in the local park and I was standing near the play boat with DD, and this toddler came walking up to me with a big grin, so I said "Hello!", as you do to a baby. Anyway I looked up and his father was giving me evils, but the woman was okay. The man had a can of lager in his hand. Anyway, I felt like I had made a mistake by saying hello to his baby, so I took DD to the other side of the play area.

A few minutes later they walked passed me again, and he gave me evils again.

Is it wrong to talk to another person's baby if it is walking up to you? I've said hello to another toddler when I was in the eye hospital with DD before, and his Mum got pissed off and gave me evils too. Are you not supposed to acknowledge other people's children? Should you just ignore little smiling faces? Have I been making a big mistake by acknowledging these children....I feel like I've been making a mistake all this time....

Henwelly Wed 27-Jul-11 22:01:53

yanbu I often talk to children - tend to be nicer than the parents wink

G1nger Wed 27-Jul-11 22:02:00

Uh no. You just seem to have come across your fair share of nutters.

ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 27-Jul-11 22:02:01


Without a glass?



LynetteScavo Wed 27-Jul-11 22:02:48

It was nothing to do with you saying hello. He would have given you evils whatever.

AgentZigzag Wed 27-Jul-11 22:03:47

I always do and have never had the 'evils' thrown at me.

But then I'm not really looking at the parents much as I just presume they'll be basking in the glory of their beautiful offspring being admired like I do grin

itisnearlysummer Wed 27-Jul-11 22:03:58

Oh good grief! I do this all the time I'd be very angry if someone gave me evils!

I also stick my tongue out at babies and pull faces at them to make them laugh. If the parents see me I just smile at them. I've never been on the receiving end of evils! Most parents are normal and smile back.

I'd never be pissed off if someone said hello to mine!

worraliberty Wed 27-Jul-11 22:04:01

Evils? How old are you? grin

KAZAMM Wed 27-Jul-11 22:05:33

YANBU at all! Thought it was just normal to say hello or whatever to kids who come up to me or DD.

MrBloomsNursery Wed 27-Jul-11 22:07:05

I thought I was breaking some kind of "don't talk to children" rule....I've had old men talking to DD on the bus about traffic lights and colours of cars and I don't mind it..Some people must be weird then!

I'm 28!! I couldn't think of a more mature word for "evils"!!

babybythesea Wed 27-Jul-11 22:08:11

Carry on as you were! My toddler will say hello, wait for a reply, then repeat her hello. If you ignored her, she'd turn to me and announce 'Mummy, that people not talking to me. Why not talking to me?' Much easier if people give her a quick grin and a hello!!

I tried to explain that the people in the bank queue were just being a bit British by not making eye contact or talking when they had Important Things to do - not that I used those words but that was the jist of it. She very loudly said "They all quiet. They not talking, are they Mummy? Are they?" (I had to mutter an agreement to try to stop the flow). "I need say hello for them and talk for them. Hello people. I talking for you now. Hello everybody." It went on for some time and the queue moved very slowly.

For my sanity, please say hello!

AgentZigzag Wed 27-Jul-11 22:11:15

You're not... A Man ...are you? shock

exoticfruits Wed 27-Jul-11 22:12:09

Of course you can talk to toddlers-parents can't control the environment when out!

wannabefree Wed 27-Jul-11 22:12:50

babybythesea your toddler sounds ridiculously cute, LOL!

AfternoonsandCoffeespoons Wed 27-Jul-11 22:14:36

AZ you took the words out of my mouth! Obviously you shoudl always get evils when talking to a child as you might be a peedo!!!! shock

IRCL Wed 27-Jul-11 22:15:16


I do it if a toddler/child is smiling or saying hello to me.

nojustificationneeded Wed 27-Jul-11 22:17:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrBloomsNursery Wed 27-Jul-11 22:17:43

Noooooo!!! I am a woman!!! I just like the Mr Bloom's Nursery song...

Lovesicecream Wed 27-Jul-11 22:17:48

Lol babybythesea how cute! I think drinking beer by the sand pit is pretty unreasonable ! People talk to my children all the time, sometimes they haven't had much of a choice, ds 1 would talk to anyone when he was little

MrBloomsNursery Wed 27-Jul-11 22:19:07

babybythesea Your baby really does sound cute...Did no one in the bank even give a little smile? How rude!!

AfternoonsandCoffeespoons Wed 27-Jul-11 22:20:03

Oh sorry MrBlooms! In that case YADNBU! Of course women can talk to children. grin

nojustificationneeded Wed 27-Jul-11 22:23:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

plantsitter Wed 27-Jul-11 22:25:47

Maybe he needs glasses or had sand in his eye and wasn't, in fact, giving you the evils.

MrBloomsNursery Wed 27-Jul-11 22:26:02

Aaw, I don't mind men talking to my DD; she always talks to old men on the bus about colours; her favourite topic. I just sit there looking out the window and let her get on with it!

AgentZigzag Wed 27-Jul-11 22:27:01

<<stuffs shamefully rude replacement words into Afternoons mouth>>

Maybe the bloke was shortsighted and too vain to wear glasses, and was narrowing his eyes at you because he thought you looked like someone he was sick over on a trip to Skeg in 1998?

It's possible.

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