To the lady at Wegman's today:
I realize you thought my daughter was cute, she really is darling, but I will discipline her as I see fit. I was not yelling, nor was I scolding her harshly. I was simply telling her that it was not okay to scribble on the advertisement circulars that were stacked on the counter. She is four years old and knows that grabbing a pen and writing on things that she is not supposed to is not allowed. When I tried to correct her you told her she "was fine". It did not appear that you work at the store. What authority do you have to tell my child that she can deface someone else's property? I was not fluster, nor was I rude, or loud. When my daughter heard you say she could continue, you put me in an awkward position.
As a mom, I've been criticized for not being strict enough with my children, but I can't recall ever feeling chastised for doing the right thing. When my daughter looked up as I took the pen from her and repeated that she was not allowed to color on the flyers, she said, "but I want to." And then she looked at you for the go-ahead. You glared at me as if I was the meanest mommy in the world. How dare I not let her do what she wants to!
My husband thinks I should have told you to mind your own business. Perhaps he is right. I am still surprised by our encounter.
I hope that you are not raising any children to believe that they can do anything they want to because they may turn out just like you.
The woman with the super adorable little girl who will be taught right from wrong by her responsible parent, thankyouverymuch.