We went to the mall yesterday to play at the play area. The kids had a blast, Grace was even playing with a few babies. After we went and got a snack and came back to play, there was a bully. She was just plain mean. Mostly picked on Andrew and Eva and another little boy. Kept telling Eva she was a boy, and if she was a girl then she was ugly. Andrew and the other boy kept sticking up for her and telling the other girl to just leave her alone-Eva started playing by herself near me. Then bully kept telling Andrew he was mean and a monster and leave her alone. It took everything I had not to yell at the girl, or the mom who was ignoring or laughing at her antics. After awhile the three kids who were getting picked on started playing together near his grandparents and I. They all three did amazing, didn't get mad at her and didn't try to fight. When she got bored with her game she tried to encroach on theirs and was ignored. We left shortly after.
How do you deal with bullies at playground or do you just let the kids work it out?
Now, being an adult, if it happens in the school or the bus, we go to the bus driver and the school. I believe approaching the parents of the children and seeing if they could stop their child's behavior. I am disgusted by the mother's demeanor of the little girl at the mall. I would never allow my children to behave that way towards other children. I was bullied and people I love have been bullied. It is not something we tolerate. I hope you do not run into it again.