I know it's inevitable that things like this will happen, but something really bothered me today.
I took my son to play at our local mall (they have a kids area) and I had some shopping to do after letting him play. He's 15 months old and was so happy to be there. He loves other kids and was just smiling and walking up to them looking so friendly and wanting to play. Three times, two other kids were mean to him while their parents watched! This one little boy, who was about 4, ran twice into my son with his arms out, intentionally pushing him down. Once I said nicely, "Don't push" to the little boy, and the second time I ran over, while the kid was laying on top of my son, and I grabbed him and left. My poor baby just laying there, looking shocked and like his feeling were hurt. Luckily the floor is soft and he didn't get hurt and I was within distance enough to pick him right up. I walked by the kids parents and said, "Well, we have to leave bc that big kid is being mean to you.". I feel like I should have done more, like said something to the parents directly about what their child was doing, but they watched him do it twice and didn't even say anything to him. It wasn't like he did it on accident, the kid ran up to him and shoved him down. It's made me mad all day thinking about it. I know I have to expect it sometimes, but he's a baby and I see so many parents letting their kids be rude to other kids!
What do you do in situations such as this?
And what is wrong with some parents? I'd never sit by and watch my child be mean to another child.
Answer by Kathy675 at 11:12 PM on Jan. 14, 2011
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Answer by NotPanicking at 11:38 PM on Jan. 14, 2011
Answer by amessageofhope at 12:53 AM on Jan. 15, 2011
and this is how a bully is started. parents think its cute or ok for children to act like this. this is also how sociopaths are created! But you know if it was the other way around all holy hell would have broke loose! some ppl should NOT be parents. EVER! testing should be giving to procreate!
Answer by JOR_HAIL at 8:20 AM on Jan. 15, 2011
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Answer by brandyj at 11:30 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
Answer by stressedoutgran at 1:21 AM on Jan. 16, 2011
I have had a lot of this happen when I try to take my kids to the park. I always say something to the parents when and if something happens. Even if it's my own childs fault. Those parents obviously don't care because they were watching and let their child act like that. Would saying something to them really have done anything? Probaly not. You did the right thing and took your own child out of the situation.
Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 6:42 AM on Jan. 16, 2011