Posted by Shana on November 06, 2003 at 16:12:51:
In Reply to: A scared 2 year old posted by Darlene on November 06, 2003 at 08:14:01:
: OK Parents I would like to have your help and advice. My children and I were shopping at a Learning Express Toy Store nearby to my home. I frequent this shop, since it is a childrens learning store. Well, Monday I was in there with my children, I had a bunch of toys in my hand (Christmas shopping) I handed my daughter a wooden puzzle to hold, which I had every intention on buying. Out of the back room came this salesman and he ripped the toy right out of my 2 year old daughters hands. Saying that she may be trying to rip the price tag off. In the process he scratched her and pinched her. My daughter was shakeing like she just saw a ghost! Now she hasn't slept since Monday and she keeps saying "THE MAN THE MAN" She is traumatized!! I do not feel that he had the right to touch her!! I did contact the Learning Express Main office and explained my situation and they gave me the run around saying that each store is indiv. owned and operated.. I have been trying to contact the stores owner but of course he is never available, yeah right!! Can anyone help me with this and give advice as to what I should do next??? Thanks a bunch!!! What would you do if this was your child??
This is just my opinion and yes I know I may be wrong. But I see this scenario a little differently than others. It sounds to me as though you may have avoided the situation at that moment, and said nothing to the man. Yet your daughter relies on you for protection from scarey things still at this age. It seems as though she may have lost a little confidence in your ability to "protect". This is just a thought I had. However I, myself, do not know how I would have handled the exact situation. Try calming your daughter by explaining yes he was mean, but people are not that way, etc. Do not discuss the incident in front of her, as it will only play more into it. Good luck! I am far from being an expert, I do know this!