A weird thing happened during a recent play date.
My toddler and her friend “P” were playing in sand. Moments before P’s mom walked up, P had poured sand on my daughter. I instructed the kids not to pour sand on each other.
It was no big deal. (I mean, it’s sand. They’re kids. Whatever.)
My daughter then poured sand on P’s head, at which point P’s mom freaked out and scolded my daughter (which was fine with me). But then she went ON and ON and ON about how much she hates sand and how hard it is to get out of the hair and how there are sand fleas and…
Well, you get the point.
The mood quickly turned somber and I left shortly after.
On the way home, I received an apology text.
You know those apologies that sound like an apology when they start, but end with a zing so you don’t know whether to feel like you should be accepting the apology or insulted by the zing?
Yeah. One of those.
So now I’m stuck not knowing how to react.
I struggled internally about telling P’s mom that my daughter poured sand only after her daughter poured sand first. (She didn’t see her daughter pour sand first.) But that just seems pointless an immature.
So, what to do?
Pretend it didn't happen?
Accept the apology and move on (ignoring both the sand pouring and the "apology" zing)?
Or, address the issues (including one or both--the sand pouring and the zing)?
During mom versus mom issues, when do you just let it go?
Jacqueline Wilson (aka: WritRams) is a writer, blogger, educator, mother and wife. You can find her on her Writer Ramblings blog at www.WritRams.com writing about a little of everything...maybe even you.
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