I used to work with a woman whose preschooler was bullied by a kid at daycare. My coworker could not understand why this kid would constantly hit and throw things at her son. Then she happened to meet the bully's mom. They were both picking up their kids at the same time one day, and the bully's mom was trying to talk to a caregiver while her son bounced off the walls. My coworker said the woman completely ignored her kid for a while, then suddenly turned around and SCREAMED at him, out of the blue. My coworker was shocked, but she felt sorry for the kid, too. It made her think that maybe the kid was a terror because either 1) he desperately wanted his mom's attention, but she was too stressed/selfish/whatever to pay attention, so acting out was the only way he had to make her look at him, or 2) he had no idea how to interact with other kids so he just did to them what he did to his mom.
at 1:02 PM on Oct. 14, 2010