We were playing at the mall play area early this morning and a man scolded Esme (shaking his finger at her) because her foot bonked his granddaughter's (about 3 years old) face when climbing up the stairs to the slide. Esme was in front of the girl and had no idea what even happened. I almost came unglued, but kept my cool. I probably should have said something, but I was pretty upset and didn't know if I could find the right words. I had no words...I was shocked!
I am actually surprised Esme didn't get upset. She's not used to being spoken to that way. If she had reacted, I would have definitely said something.
I felt bad the girl got hurt, but really...you have to scold my daughter?? She didn't even know what she did! A gentle, "Be careful" would have been more appreciated. Or perhaps it could have been a teaching opportunity for his granddaughter...to give some space between her and the child in front of her on the stairs. They're little kids!
Fortunately, they left soon after!