We were at the Farmers Market this Saturday and decided to take our granddaughter over to the splash pad at Citizens Circle. She was a little apprehensive at first but decided to stick her little toes in the water. We weren't there 5 minutes when this kid comes running past her, knocks her down and she hit her head on the hard surface. I almost lost it, the boy was twice her size and wasn't looking where he was running. She was not the only little one there enjoying the water, there were at least 5 more children 2 years and younger. I know that kids play there and it's "at your own risk" type of place but aren't there rules about running and rough play. There were two older boys playing dodge ball with beach balls amongst the children. My husband said that we are not taking our granddaughter back there because of what happened. Has anyone visited the splash park and had an issue with bigger kids running wild around the little ones.
I have gone in the late afternoon and haven't experienced anything like that. I have both a little one and a much older one. Most older kids usually are good natured and I've asked bigger kids in other circumstances to please have a heads up around the little one or I just wait for the big kids to have their turn and tell them to let my little one have a turn in. Most are happy to oblige.
We have only been when there was just us and a few of our friends. It's sad really that some kids just don't pay attention and don't care. Others are more like what Melissa said...
Kids are kids.
And their parents should BE parents and teach their children to be considerate.
Its okay to play and have fun, but they also need to pay attention to what they are doing. It is not okay to have fun at the expense of someone else getting hurt. I bet the parents of that kid who ran into your granddaughter were not even watching or paying attention to him. If it was my big kid who did that he would have at least apologized and then sat out for a few minutes to calm down while everyone still played. When he went back to play I would remind him to be careful.Then it would not happen again. If it did we would repeat. Kids need to be taught these social interaction cues. They learn from their parents.
Kids are kids.