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    The fact that there is even a topic about this (again, weren't we only talking about smacking mums a few days ago, some members saying they'd defriend a mum who smacked), just goes to show the amount of judgement. We should all respect how another mother chooses to parent, assuming they are not being abusive even if we don't necessarily agree with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I don't think anyone has judged though? They've simply said it's not something they would have done. I do personally wonder the message that hitting a child for hitting another child teaches them. But I also don't think a tap on the bum is necessarily abusive.
    I agree. Just because somebody chooses to do or not do something doesn't mean they automatically judge someone for doing the opposite.

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    I wouldn't have said anything. Just sat there silently judging

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    I wouldn't have said anything.

    I would have felt slightly uncomfortable, but also slightly relieved that the mother addressed her child's bad behaviour (even though the method was not one I'd personally use myself).

    To be honest, if I'm at a playgroup my priority is supervising my own child. What someone else does with their own kid is not on my radar (unless they are bothering my DS).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    I don't know, it seemed effective?
    ...That is until the kid turns 16 and resents the heck out of his mum for being belted as a child. Then she'll reap what she sews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I don't think anyone has judged though? They've simply said it's not something they would have done. I do personally wonder the message that hitting a child for hitting another child teaches them. But I also don't think a tap on the bum is necessarily abusive.
    I'll judge it. The mum is wrong. She has issues within herself that she needs to address. If hitting her child is the only way she feels she can deal with the inappropriate behavior then she needs help.

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    OP all I would have said to the mum was something like "rough day hey?" When she got back. If the conversation then opened to the topic of smacking (unlikely) I may have had a little crack like "smacking gives me the heebie jeebies."

    If there were any indications she crossed "the line" (hit face, excessive force etc) I definitely would have said something like "hey! Time to cool down, let me take your DS for a few minutes while you go get a cuppa."
    She would probably refuse in which case I would have responded "make sure you look after yourself and get a break at home then, because that can't happen again."

    Depending on the severity, I would potentially call child protection/cops (would have to be pretty severe).

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    OP all I would have said to the mum was something like "rough day hey?" When she got back. If the conversation then opened to the topic of smacking (unlikely) I may have had a little crack like "smacking gives me the heebie jeebies."
    I would have told you to bugger off and mind your own business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyblu11 View Post
    I would have told you to bugger off and mind your own business.
    Before or after you hit your kid for playing up again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyblu11 View Post
    I would have told you to bugger off and mind your own business.
    bahahaha OMG and I would have hi-5'd you babyblu11

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