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devonshiredumpling Wed 03-Aug-11 22:14:28

is it unreasonable of me to expect a child to have parental control in a park i visited today this child managed to upset both my children today especially my youngest who was playing footprints in the sandpit only to have this darlingboy scrub away all her prints as he did not like them he also bugged them on all the other equipment they were on wanting to get on then thirty seconds get off this happened all the time we were there (did i mention this was the only time that my youngest had played anywhere in sand as she detested before today and her playing in the sand was a big thing for her)

Jonnyfan Wed 03-Aug-11 22:15:48


GypsyMoth Wed 03-Aug-11 22:16:01

rubbing out footprints?. come on.....the sand is a free for if he'd been chucking it around then i would understand!!

SouthGoingZax Wed 03-Aug-11 22:16:18

YAB a bit U

Children need to learn to play with others.

Scrubbing away footprints in sand isn't nice, but not really 'obnoxious'.

Only you knew that playing in the sand was a 'big thing' for your DD.

BimboNo5 Wed 03-Aug-11 22:17:41

If it was such a 'big thing' why take her places where others could potentially disturb her play?
You sound ridiculously precious

MrsBananaGrabber Wed 03-Aug-11 22:20:32

I knew before I clicked that the obnoxious child would be a boy and the OP's DC would be a girl.........BINGO. (if this isn't a wind up)

festi Wed 03-Aug-11 22:21:50

how old was child?

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 03-Aug-11 22:21:57

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

thisisyesterday Wed 03-Aug-11 22:22:14

well in a public sandpit i'm afraid that's just what happens. you can't expect for her to be able to do what she wants where she wants regardless of any other children.
it wsx just footprints... not like she couldn't make more

not ok for him to keep annoying them while they were playing on the other stuff though. if he was being unkind then i'd have said something to him myself though

hobnobsaremyfave Wed 03-Aug-11 22:23:56

<wonders what sort of weird invasion are we having today>
If this is even a wee bit real YABU and PFB

usualsuspect Wed 03-Aug-11 22:26:51

Mn is bloody getting on my nerves tonight

devonshiredumpling Wed 03-Aug-11 22:27:31

the child was seven and my youngest is almost two and she was on the opposite side of the sand pit so he had no reason to come over to us really

GollyHolightly Wed 03-Aug-11 22:30:07

Give the OP a break, s/he (probably, possibly wink ) has an under school aged child so isn't used to the hoardes of bigger sprogs overtaking the parks during the summer.

Incidentally, I drove past my (lovely) local park this evening, it was heaving with young people doing wholesome activites like juggling and playing guitars, whilst smoking spliffs and drinking their 24 packs of lager.

This was happening at the usual dog walking hour. Who owns the park? not the dog owners, not the spliff smoking jugglers either. Just as it should be. It made me smile.

Jonnyfan Wed 03-Aug-11 22:30:10

So go play in a vacuum.
Why am I even bothering to read, never mind reply?
Agree with Hobnob..

festi Wed 03-Aug-11 22:30:12

no reason other than social interaction. why not say hello encourage him to play?

thisisyesterday Wed 03-Aug-11 22:30:25

how do you know his exact age?

perhaps he wasn't aware that a certain part of the sandpit was not for him to use? cos you know, i thought that he was allowed to use any part he liked? maybe he thought so too?

if he was that obnoxious then why didn't you ask him to stop?

hobnobsaremyfave Wed 03-Aug-11 22:32:13

Buy a farking sandpit, fill it with sand and place in your own private back garden et voila no obnoxious brats to spoil your cherubs fun hmm

exoticfruits Wed 03-Aug-11 22:32:47

My DS and his friend-aged 6 yrs-were told to 'grow up' in a park by a parent with a toddler! Their crime? Running and overtaking toddler. They were not in the way of the toddler and they were not stopping him do anything. They did however run past several times and they were shouting. Apparently being in the park is a serious business and they should have walked using quiet voices!
Unfortunately I was not around 4 yrs later to see her toddler-to see whether he needed to 'grow up'!

Thingumy Wed 03-Aug-11 22:34:19


hobnobsaremyfave Wed 03-Aug-11 22:36:44

Is that a philosophical statement Thingumy ?

NickRobinsonsloveslave Wed 03-Aug-11 22:38:28

Sorry, but if you want to see 'children on best behaviour' then don't take them to the park.

Thingumy Wed 03-Aug-11 22:39:36

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hobnobsaremyfave Wed 03-Aug-11 22:40:03


HipHopOpotomus Wed 03-Aug-11 22:41:51

It happens and it's your job to teach your kids how to deal with it! People are all so different and that includes kids. Your kids need to learn to be resilient to behaviour of others and also be able to stick up for themselves when necessary. You won't be in the playground when they go to nursery/school.

Thingumy Wed 03-Aug-11 22:41:51


<slinks off>

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