I have to agree that I don't look cute anymore when crawling because I'm bigger and taller now and when I get off the swings at the playground, people look in disbelief when I crawl. Mum had an unwanted conversation with this old woman:
Old woman: How old is he?
Mum: 14 months….
Old woman: Why is he crawling then?
Mum: Because he wants to…. (trying to walk away from her)
Old woman: (her voice gets a bit louder when she sees Mum trying to avoid the conversation) He needs to start walking. When you pulled him off from the swing, I expected him to walk but he CRAWLED!
Mum: I'm sure he will walk when he's ready. I don't want to force him.
Old woman: Sometimes, forcing is good!
Mum: (with a
fake smile) OK….why don't you apply that to your grand-son who has been hogging the swing for 30 minutes when other people are queuing to use it? He needs to be taught how to be considerate.
Old woman: It's none of your business how we teach our kids/grand-kids.
Mum gives her a look which makes her stop talking and goes towards the swing to get her grand-son off the swing.
**No old women were hurt in this part of the conversation**