A certain form of parenting that I had to endure in the doctor's waiting room (thankfully only for 10min).
I won't give details because parenting styles can be a touchy subject, but I will just say that it would have been better if the mom hadn't said a thing at all, how she handled the situation was not going to improve it.
Mildly tilting my head to the side and asking gently and quietly and quizzically, "What are you trying to say?"
Was she yelling, grabbing the kid violently to control him, verbally being cruel?
I'm sorry you were uneasy.
No, no such things, thanks deity!
I don't really have a say in it since I don't have kids but I still think as a parent you should 'own up' and do your own parenting...
She was using the "I'll tell on you and tell the doctor you played with the curtain" and "the doctor will not be pleased if she finds out you were on the floor!".
The boogieman tactic, blame it on someone else, because your child will probably hate you for the rest of her life if you dare say "I
don't want you to play with the curtains or on the floor"
Yes, sometimes you have to drag other people in it if whatever rule (ex: don't walk on the grass) is not something you usually observe but here (special case, nice park with flowers) you have to obey the place's rule.