Some months back when I was about 10 weeks pg and suffering morning sickness, my 3 year old dd and I traveled to FL. In the airport for our return trip I was desperately trying to get something to eat before getting on the flight, was feeling like puking, running late (we ended up being the LAST to board) and very irritable. While in line my dd "disappeared". She was right underneath/behind me if you know what I mean. I freaked, started screaming for her, and when I saw that she was right behind me started yelling at her. Then when I got our food I started walking away, and turned around to see her about 12 feet behind me. Again I started screaming at her to come on. Some kind woman knelt down by my daughter, turned her in my directions, pointed me out to her and gently told her to go to me. I am so ashamed of that moment I can barely recall out without crying, and I am grateful to that woman for being so kind to my daughter at that moment. I wish I could thank her and tell her I am usually a much better mom. I wonder what she thinks of me.
Recently I was in target and while walking with my cart after paying saw a girl who looked about 3 fall off a bench and end up lying close to the wall with her head bent up, crying. Her mother didn't even help her, just said coldly, "you are ok, just get up! You need to stop playing around!". Other people were looking on as well as it looked pretty bad. I said in a loud voice, "She doesn't LOOK like she is ok!" and kept walking.
Then I sat in the snack bar with my husband and dd and quietly cried while I ate me food (the pg hormones) because I felt so bad for the little girl and angry at the mom. I don't know her situation. I decided later if I ever ran into that same situation I would simply kneel down by the child and help them up. After all, if I saw a mother who had fallen and was hurt, I would stop and help her. If I saw a child who was alone and had fallen and was hurt, I would help her. Why shouldn't I help a child who had fallen and was hurt just because her mother wouldn't help her? Maybe the mother would appreciate it that someone was kind to her child when she was at the end of her rope that day and couldn't be.
It is hard to know what to do.