Example from today:
We were at the children's museum & 2.5yo DS's favorite thing is the stationary bike, he went over and started playing with the pedals and watching the gears. A few seconds later, an older boy came over (maybe 7yo?) and said he wanted to ride the bike. I said, "DS is playing with it right now, he will be done soon and then you can have a turn." Well, the kid just hopped on to the bike and nearly hurt DS, I asked him to please get off and wait 'til DS was done, & he wouldn't so I finally pulled a disappointed DS away and told him some kids don't follow the rules so we'd have to play with something else. I'm pretty sure that's not how I was supposed to handle it but I didn't know what else to do, it wasn't like DS had been monopolizing it and the kid's parents were nowhere around and I was just pretty annoyed because I guess I figure a 7yo should understand basic social rules and if he didn't, maybe he needs more parental supervision than other kids his age??? Yes, I know, that's probably very judgmental of me. But this is not the first time something like this has happened & I would love to know how you all would handle it!!