Is there a playgroup etiquette guide?
If there is, I don't have a copy.
This afternoon at playgroup Cash was busy playing on the rug with a toy piano. A little boy, probably three years old, was pushing the shopping trolley around the room. Cash was in his way so the little boy gave Cash a nudge with the trolley. Cash started to crawl politely out of the way. As he did this the little boy changed direction and again nudged Cash with the trolley. Cash sat back and looked up at him, confused. The little boy reversed the trolley and pushed it into Cash, harder this time.
At this point I intervened. I'd had enough of seeing my baby get pushed around. He gets enough of this at home from his brother.
As the little boy reversed the trolley for more ramming I gently took hold of the trolley and said to him 'uh uh, you're not to push things at the babies, there's a good boy'.
The little boy looked at me, realised he'd been rumbled, and walked away.
The little boy was fine. Cash was fine. No angry mother approached me to start a fight.
Even so, I wondered whether I had done the right thing. Did I cross a line? How would I have felt if one of the other mothers told Presley off?