I was enjoying a sunny day walking around the park and stopped to watch the ducks.
Sitting on the bench with my eyes closed savouring the peace and quiet thinking what to cook from dinner, when I was interrupted by two small boys with their moms in tow.
Listening to the parenting styles of the two moms who were clearly good friends, it was surprising to me that they had such differing opinions on the level of responsibility each allowed their own toddler.
One boy was allowed to stand near to the edge of the lake and throw bread for the ducks.
His mom explained carefully where to stand, how to stay safe and encouraged him to enjoy himself. Whilst staying close and watching over him.
Whereas her friend was very worried and negative, telling her son not to do this or that and wouldn’t allow him near the water.
He became so panicked that he kept saying that he didn’t like ducks and could he go home? Continue reading →