I don't know what the point of this post is, but I'm seething and upset and so mad right now I just had to come and vent!
I saw a man berate and belittle his gorgeous little girl today and it's left me sick to my stomach.
I took DD to meet Santa today at the library and she refused to leave my lap the entire time, she was incredibly apprehensive and wary of him (as I suspected she may be) so we stayed for songs and stories and my little one was happy watching from afar. Then, just as we were leaving and everyone began clearing out, a man and daughter (she looked around 5) emerged from the back of room and he began a tirade, speaking loud enough for the entire room to hear, calling his daughter out on the fact that she had been too afraid to pose for a pic with Santa. This guy did not let up and was not at all fazed by the looks of pure shock and disgust on the faces of everyone around him.
The girl was so obviously hurt and so embarrassed, my stomach aches just thinking about the look on her face.
Dad: "You've ruined the day, we're not going out for lunch now. He's a nice man, he's a friend of the library dressed up as Santa but you were too scared to sit on his knee. I've never seen anyone so scared of anything in my life. You're just like your mother, you have no trust for anyone. Look at daddy, I've got lots of friends. This is why you don't have any friends, because you're too shy."
Little girl is on the verge of tears as her father looks down at her in disgust. At this point the other mothers and I are exchanging worried glances and a female staff worker tries to intervene.
Librarian to girl: "Are you having a shy day today, sweetie? Its ok to have a shy day, I have them all the time."
At this point the girl is clinging onto her father's leg, her face flushed red.
But this guy just keeps going, even pointing and prodding his finger into the girls chest as he continues berating her. He becomes so angry at one point that he demands she sits on a chair in the corner to think about how she's ruined their day.
It took EVERYTHING in me to restrain myself, I just wanted to tell him to pull his finger out, stop bullying her and realise she's a 5 year old girl ffs and not the first or last child to feel afraid of Santa!
I KNOW parents can become frustrated. I'd have loved for DD to have posed for a pic with Santa today, but she's not ready and that's fine. But this guy was just plain abusive and my eyes are brimming as I write this. If he thinks nothing of doing that in public, I don't even want to think about what goes on behind closed doors.