Just fussing or yelling at them. But you can also include the hitting them in public. Would you approach them and say something? Or watch in awe and later speak badly of them later?
Answer by Alexias30 at 3:12 AM on Mar. 19, 2011
I couldn't stop myself, I had to stop this mom and give her a hug. I could just tell she was losing it and man I've been there. Nothing is going right, kids are acting crazy. We all have our bad days. I could see myself in her and I hugged her. I didn't chastise her but she literally broke down crying right there in the parking lot. Afterwards she was laughing and smiling and I'd like to think someone just understanding what she was going through made her day a bit better. No, she wasn't hitting. She yelled and cursed.
Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 2:49 AM on Mar. 19, 2011
A spank on the bottom I wouldn't say anything about. I would say something if I witness a child being slapped numerous times, screamed at while being put down. For example "you effing mfer", etc. Definitely I would say something.
Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 2:51 AM on Mar. 19, 2011
Answer by Bamzakarat at 3:04 AM on Mar. 19, 2011
Answer by luckysevenwow at 6:14 PM on Mar. 19, 2011
Oh and my "why" is perfectly selfish. What if I hadn't of stopped that mom and she had beat the crap out of her kid. Never underestimate stress or someones breaking point. If someone is screaming obscenities at their child, to me that's at the breaking point. I would want someone to step in and offer me a shoulder if they were to see me get like that.
Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 2:56 AM on Mar. 19, 2011
Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 2:58 AM on Mar. 19, 2011
Answer by aak1986 at 3:32 AM on Mar. 19, 2011
Answer by Razzle_Dazzle1 at 3:42 AM on Mar. 19, 2011
I would not approach unless I was in the mood for getting my ass kicked. Even if the child was in a dangerous situation - I would not approach the parent. I would call the authorities and have them determine what needs to be done. I would discreetly gather information without being overt about it. It is my opinion that directly getting involved can sometimes back fire. Instead of helping the child - the parent may become even more aggressive making a bad situation worse. I am not saying do nothing if a child is in danger but I am suggesting putting your safety at risk and risking escalating the situation is a possibility. I may not like how a parent is interacting with thier child but unless the child is in immediate physical danger or I see some type of evidence the child is in danger I let it go.
Answer by frogdawg at 4:05 PM on Mar. 19, 2011