Nancy, I know what you mean. Just pick a maturity level and stay there for a minute, would you please?!
Tea Olive, you make my head spin. I thought Fern and her partner handled it great, now you've got me giving it in-depth thought, which I don't have the brain cells for. Some months back when I was out with the kids, dc2 on my back in a wrap, we were approached by a woman who said she was a nurse and I needed to get my baby a stroller as her head was being whipped all over the place in that thing and it was bad for her. She was being very civil so I gave her my standard civil (ie. lie) response. "Thank you for your concern, but my doctor encourages this for me and my baby." She got tart and said she knew more than my doctor and walked away. I let it go.
The next day, dc1 asked why we carry dc2 in the wrap if it's bad for her.
Well, that woman said it was bad.
She was wrong, she doesn't understand about wrapping babies.
Then why didn't you tell her she was wrong, and teach her about wrapping babies?
It turned into a discussion and dc's very mature reasoning was that the next time that happened SHE would speak up and tell the person about wrapping and how good it is for babies.
But this woman was speaking to us in a conversational tone and removed herself in the end. A person running out on the sidewalk and screaming is different. I wouldn't want my child to engage with them. Acknowledge them, but don't engage them- they obviously aren't in the mood for conversation. If I tried to speak with them, I imagine both of us would end up yelling.
On second thought Fern, maybe you should have pulled out your knitting needles and threatened him
Julia, some crazy dad did that to me as a kid, and I never trick-or-treated again.
Never had a cavity after that either, so maybe I should thank him.