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    Default WWYD - play centre incident

    So I just arrived and my kids went straight for the ball pit where my 4 year old got picked on by another boy similar aged.

    At first he just pegged balls at my DS (who cried but he is quite sensitive) at his face and I just told him to walk away.

    He proceeded to go to the back of the maze and start to climb when the boy chased him down and and grabbed his legs ripping his socks off and my son cried again and reached out to take his socks back... When my boy reached to take his socks back he started hitting DS in the face and chest.

    By now I was trying to call out and say to leave him alone as they were at the back of maze and I couldn't really get in there. Then the little boy got up on a step to block DS's exit and proceeded to kick him hard in the face and my DS could not go forward or back.

    So I started to raise my voice and panicking I yelled out an almighty 'HEY - LEAVE HIM ALONE' it was a lot louder than I meant and a bunch of mothers came over to see if it was their kid but I generally thought this kid might break DS's nose.

    It worked and the boy walked away (probably traumatised) and DS has a few red marks on his face but nothing broken and now feeling a bit sheepish.

    So question is - did I over react? Would you do the same in the same situation?!?

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    No, you did not over-react, and yes you did the right thing.

    Kids will be kids - they play and tumble and fight, and yes - they can be mean. But I think that kid crossed a line, and in the absence of any parental supervision by his Mother/Father I think you had to speak up.

    You can't have your little one being beaten up in the playground.

    Hugs to you both.

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    No, I don't think you overreacted at all. If I see my child being attacked physically, I'm onto it.

    If I have to raise my voice to get some reaction, so be it.

    That must have been quite awful for you and your DS. Some kids are very rough with other children for no good reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blossom74 View Post
    No, you did not over-react, and yes you did the right thing.

    Kids will be kids - they play and tumble and fight, and yes - they can be mean. But I think that kid crossed a line, and in the absence of any parental supervision by his Mother/Father I think you had to speak up.

    You can't have your little one being beaten up in the playground.

    Hugs to you both.
    Spot on here.

    No over reaction at all.

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    Not an over reaction at all. At the play centre we go to they have staff monitoring the kids so I would have let them know what this kid was doing so they could a) keep a close eye on him, and b) notify the parents if they were there (they offer a childcare service so that parents can shop without kids so no guarantee there would be a parent there).
    You did what you had to do to protect your child. I would be fuming if another child blocked mine and started kicking them in the face!

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    Not at all, even if it was my child being rough I wouldn't be upset at you for raising your voice in that circumstance.

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    No,thats an absolutely fine reaction. Sometimes you need to shout to be heard in a noisy play centre environment.

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    Not an over reaction at all, i would have done the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Cheese View Post
    Not at all, even if it was my child being rough I wouldn't be upset at you for raising your voice in that circumstance.
    If it was my kid I would actually be glad you did it. With 3 kids sometimes I don't see everything and would much prefer someone to pull them up on something as awful as this.

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    No you did great. I probably would have yelled a lot sooner and very loud. That sort of behaviour is not on.

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