So, DD and I were having fun in the sandbox this morning, when she noticed a little girl who was a bit older (3) playing nearby. DD got up and sat next to the girl and continued playing w/ her own sand toys, but was looking at the other girl, I think, wanting to play together. This girl was the biggest brat ever - she kept throwing sand at my DD, and kicking sand at her as well; she pushed her twice; and generally was unfriendly. The mom's response was to tell her "no" but did nothing to remove her/gave no consequences when the bad behavior continued. My solution, unfortunately, was to pick DD up after the second push and leave. I whispered to her on the way to the car that that little girl was behaving badly, and tried to talk about how we had played w/ my friend's DD Olivia earlier that day, and emphasized what good behavior Olivia displayed. Poor DD kept talking about how "Big girl pushed me."
Isn't it difficult when our LOs are learning life lessons at such a tender age. 1)Not everyone wants to be your friend; 2)People can generally display terrible behavior