I am so upset as a parent right now and can't seem to get over the situation that happened today with my oldest son. My oldest son is 11 yrs old and loves playing football. He knows that when he's at home, and not at practice, the rule is to play tag football outside with his friends on the neighborhood playground. Because it's mostly concrete on the playground. Well today, 3 grown men who were uncles and a dad to some of the boys outside playing with my son, thought it would be a bright idea to have the boys play tackle football(I didn't know this at the time until it was too late, some of the kids and my son told me the whole story after the fact). Well, my son was apparently getting the most tackles and playing a little too rough, so one of the dads scream for his son and nephews to run my son over and hurt him! Once I heard this out of the window, my reaction was to run outside to stop this and make my son come in the house...but, 3 boys were already running over to me to tell me my son was slammed on his head pretty bad on the concrete. At that point, I went into momma bear, kill mode and ran to my son who was bleeding from his head with the biggest goose egg ever. To make a long story short, I had words with the dad and uncles and kept asking them how could they encourage their children to hurt my son out of retaliation. I mean if they felt my son was being a little too rough, I seriously would've respected them making my son stop or come and get me, but they decided to tell their sons to make my child pay! All the men kept saying boys will be boys. So my question is this: What if my son had swelling on the brain and died? Would boys be boys then? If my son would've did that to one of those boys, would those same dads feel like oh well boys would be boys then? I am an adult who will supervise all children on the playground and make sure no one's hurting anyone, but I met parents today who encouraged the opposite! I am so livid right now, and hurt for my son. I honestly felt helpless, because as a single parent and mother, I felt like those men didn't take me serious or cared what I was preaching. I just feel like a big time failure as a mom for not having my son's father around. But there;s nothing I can even do about that, because my son's father is strung out on drugs and chooses not to be around. What would any of you ladies would have done in this situation? Do any of your husbands encourage your sons to be aggressive to other kids? How do the men in your lives feel about this kind of thing? My son feel like I embarrassed him for coming out yelling at the men like I did, but what else should I have done? I just feel like I can't do anything right! Sorry so long, I just needed to vent and feel really upset. Any honest feedback, good or bad I guess would help. I just need to keep my mind occupied before I do anything stupid.