“Nobody is going to hit MY child!” she started. A few moments later: “and if his parents have a problem I’ll handle them too!”My step-daughter has seen a bit of man-on-woman violence in her life so it was important for us to explain to her how wrong the fourth-grader was and how it’s never okay to hit a girl. She seemed to understand and my wife had finally calmed down. The hard part was still to come.
You think it’s okay to hit a girl?!Okay, not a bad start. I wouldn’t do this at the bus stop in front of the kids, but okay.
Give me your hand! SLAP! SLAP! SLAP!Okay, a little spanking. He learned his lesson for now. Just wait until he gets home.
You hit a girl again, I’m gonna kick your a$$! You need ta get ya a$$ kicked!Um.
Are you laughing at me?! You think this is funny?! Bring ya little a$$ here!At this point, she opened the door, grabbed her son by the collar and proceeded to hit him all over his side and butt. All 15 kids at the bus stop were watching and hearing it now.
When your dad gets home, he’s going to kick your a$$, too! Sit ya a$$ down and don’t move until the bus comes!As the mother drove away, she apologized to me again for what had happened and said to tell her if we had any more issues. I was shocked. Of all of the scenarios in my head, it never crossed my mind that the mother would go haywire on her son like that. I just couldn’t help but feel bad for the boy. I’m not parenting expert (as evident by the things I write here), but it seems like the son might be violent towards women because he has such a contentious relationship with his mother. Maybe not… But I’m not sure if what I saw was the best way to handle that situation. As for my kid? I don’t think she’s ever quite processed what she saw. We talked about it later and I told her that I’d never use those words when I talked to her and it’s probably not the best to hit her like that, especially in public in front of other kids. I couldn’t help but feel even more worried for my kid the next time she took the bus to school. Maybe I’m overreacting – granted, I don’t know how I’d react if I found out my son had hit a girl or woman – but the anger the mother exhibited didn’t seem conducive to a healthy relationship with women going forward. You tell me. How would you react? Sound off and drop a comment.