What would you do?
I took DS to Maccas this morning for a play. He had been a good boy at the shops, so I thought I'd buy him an icecream as a reward.
He was playing in the outside play area and all was well. I was sitting on the bench inside that area and watched him run around with a bunch of other kids. Suddenly I heard this boy crying. Some girl had pushed him and he wanted his mummy. He was somewhere up high in the structure, but you could hear his screaming loud and clear.
I saw him come down the slide (I was sitting right in front of the opening) followed directly by DS. His mum was waiting for him as she heard him cry and wanted to console him.
Unfortunately DS got carried away a bit and at his age, he doesn't know that he has to wait until the other child has left, before he goes down the slide.
So DS came down the slide (not fast as it was a fairly low and short slide) and accidentally pushed the boy in the back. As he was already upset, he started screaming and crying even louder
I said to DS to say sorry to the little boy. DS walks upto him saying "sowwy" over and over and then stretches out his hand to gently touch him to see if the boy is ok. His mum then smacks (pretty hard with a red print afterwards) DS's hand away and tells him to "bugger off!"
DS in turn gets upset as he didn't understand what he did wrong to deserve a smack on his hand. He was apologizing like I asked him to
(There wasn't really a need for an apology as DS didn't do it on purpose and accidents happen, but still I thought it was the polite thing to do).
I said to her that there was no need for her to smack my son. He's only 2 and didn't do it on purpose.
Her reply:"MY son is 4! Your son is at least 4 too! Dont give me that bulls!t. Your kid is a bully and you know it! Dont go f*cking lying about his age!"
I put DS's shoes back on and got him that icecream. As we're sitting outside sharing the icecream together, she walks past and says: "yeah, reward that little sh!t!"
I came close to smacking her right back, but there were quite a few kids around and it would set quite a lousy example for DS and the other kids.
Yet she gave her son a good example. If someone accidentally hurts you, hurt them back