Received Sunday, April 27, 2008
I took my Grandchildren to the park after work (At 5:00 PM on Friday 4/25/08). I had a 1 yr old ,6 yr old and a 16 yr old with me.
The park was really packed as it was so nice out.
I was at the baby swings while the oldest was watching the 6 yr old on the bars and slide.
I had my purse and phone on the ground by the swing we were using and had to take the baby out for a second to fix his shirt. 3 boys about 6 ,7 & 8 ran over to the baby swings and grabbed them . The one took the swing I had the baby in and I told him I was sorry but I was using that. He kicked my purse out of the way and said "tough" Proceeded to climb into that swing and if i hadn't moved would have been kicked by the kid. His siblings were in the other baby swings . Some parents & nannies took their children out of the swings because these boys were really acting rough around these little toddlers. About 5 minutes later a woman dressed in a blue velour jogger suit, matching hat, Asian ,designer sun glasses and quite pretty came over to the boys and snapped her fingers at them and I started to ask her if she was their Nanny but she ignored me and walked away. Those boys were totally rude and out of control. My eldest Granddaughter told me they had been pushing other kids off the slides. So where was this person when this was going on? On her cell phone. My Grand daughter told me she herself grabbed one of them when they started pushing other kids off the slide and told him to knock off in no uncertain terms. She saw this woman on her phone and paying no attention to these children. I don't know if it was the Mom or not. The kids didn't look like her. It really doesn't matter to me what she was but she certainly didn't give a rats posterior about how those kids behaved. Another lady told me that these children were there a lot and that they did anything they felt like and had seen the nanny drop them off and come back an hour or so later. So maybe it is a nanny, I personally don't know.
If she is the nanny I want the parents to read this and speak to her about controlling these children while in the park. Plus leaving them alone is wrong. When my little Grand daughter was only 2 she was pushed while on the steps going up to the top of a slide and her little arm was broken and if it had been 2 inches further up her arm would have stopped growing. I know a park is a place for kids to run and play, that is why I take them there to get exercise and have fun but I keep a close eye on them too. There are sections in this park for infants and toddlers and then the larger slides and swings and the person that was supposed to be watching those boys should have taken a minute ,got off her cell phone and taken them to the area for bigger kids. She was a rude as those boys.
I asked our Nanny if she had ever encountered this at that park and she said yes and knew who I was talking about. and that many of the other Nannies had talked to her about the way she let these boys behave but she just ignores them . She has nothing to do with the other nannies at the park and just talks on her phone while these boys terrorize the other children .
It is a public park so I guess there isn't much anyone can do about it. I am taking them again this Friday and maybe I will take my camera with me and take pictures and maybe contact the park people. Am I wrong?