Yesterday at playgroup, a mums little boy who's almost 3 was acting up big time. He kept hurting other kids, like ramming a toy mower into them, snatching and then lightly hit a girl in the face for playing where he was and with the toys he was playing with and not sharing them.
he started then hitting his mums face, not very hard. So the mum took the boy to the toilets and we could hear him crying quite hysterically and a few smacks maybe 3.
the boy calmed very quickly and then went about playing and was good as gold after that played well and was interacting nicely with other kids.
Everyone felt "weird". It's not the sort of thing done at playgroup, most kids are very good/compliant, I've never seen anyone smack.
So what do you make of this situation??