Just when I think I've reached the end of my rope, someone else shows me just how much rope there can be. I'd love to get some thoughts from some more gentle mamas about how you'd approach this, since my reaction and the other mom's reaction were nearly polar opposite.....
DS (4) and I were at the playground. There was another little girl there who was a year older than DS, and they were playing nicely together for quite a long time. When it was time to go, I went to help DS get his shoes back on and the little girl came and sat next to him. Then she turned to him and blew her nose at him, without a tissue, basically the nostril version of spitting. I was so disgusted I didn't even know what to do at first. She had done this once or twice while they were playing, but not near DS, just in general. Her mom didn't even bother to get a tissue, saying that by the time she got one from the car, her DD would have taken care of it with her sleeve, so it was pointless. (Um, okay, but how about having one ready for the NEXT time, since obviously this is not a one-time thing....)
It was gross enough that she did it at all, but to do it right in DS's face? And never mind the gross/rude factor, but it is flu season, after all..... Not the best time of year to be sharing snot germs.
What would you all have done if it were your child doing the nose-blowing? What about if the play had been continuing with this going on and your child was the recipient?