Wanted to share a story that happened on Thursday at Dorbrook Park. It was just me and the kids, as usual, enjoying the sun-shiney day, minding our business, going down slides, climbing, running, and playing, and trying lots of cool stunts on the monkey bars and balance beams and all the cool equipment they have at Dorbrook....when two little boys started harassing my daughter!
At the park I have two very mobile children now who play on OPPOSITE equipment, but a few minutes before we were about to leave she came over to me with a whimper in her voice, "Mommy, that boy said I'm a bad girl!" What?! Nobody calls my baby bad. She is NOT bad. She might make bad choices or do something naughty, but all kids do. I don't know why this little boy called her this, but the MOTHER BEAR came out, and I said, "Who called you bad?" She couldn't find the boy at the time (this park is HUGE) and I just continued to comfort her and tell her she was not bad or mean, and I even said, "You know what Julia, he might be jealous because you were climbing so high on that rock climbing wall!"
What do you do when you feel the Mother Bear coming out of you because your child has been harmed?