Let me start this post by saying that I love and adore seniors. I really do, they are a wealth of information and they are generally some of the most pleasant people you will meet, and they LOVE children.
So here’s the question: Do you think it’s okay for
people strangers to touch your children?
Up until yesterday I had never really thought much about it, until my daughter was made to feel extremely uncomfortable at dinner. We stopped for dinner at a local resturant and the older couple beside up could not take their eyes off of my daughter Alexis. We weren’t there for more than 2 minutes (hadn’t even taken our seats) when the woman got out of her chair and grabbed Alexis’ hair. She didn’t hurt her, but she just stood up and grabbed a hanful of hair while talking about how beautiful and curly it was. I was shocked. Really, I didn’t know what to do or say.
Like my kids, I am painfully shy. I don’t like to talk to strangers, even nice ones who compliment my children. So this really made me uncomfortable, and then she did it AGAIN.
They watched us the entire time and kept making comments about how great our kids were. I know they didn’t mean any harm, but my daughter wouldn’t even open her eyes, she didn’t eat, and instead got down in her chair pretending to be asleep. It wasn’t until I saw how upset she was, that I really started to get frustrated by the constant attention.
What do you think about this scenario? Have you ever had this happen? What would you do? Am I just being an overprotective mama bear?