I am in an area where there aren't many children. I met a woman who is my age, and her daughter is my son's age (3) AND they are close by (walking distance). Now, when I first met them at her house, she was yelling at her kid and spanking her in front of me... On the first day! I tried not to think much of it because it was the first visit - maybe her kid was acting up. Now, every time we hang out, it is a yelling fest and spanking soiree! I am NOT against a little yelling or a spanking for something that is deserved, but come on! After our play date at my house today, my son said to me, "I don't want to play with XYZ anymore. She is mean and so is her mommy." I know the advice is going to be clear. But, there isn't anyone around this area that I am in, so this was a blessing to find someone my age who also has a kid my son's age.