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Lycan

United States

#1 Jul 20, 2013
So I`m at the park, kids of various ages playing as kids do. Some parents watching thier kids some letting thiers do thier own thing, some not even around, you get the picture.
One child (old enough to know better) maybe 5 or 6, grabs a switch and is playing "threateningly" with it. You could see it on the faces of other parents as this kid whips it about around flintching toddlers.
So after about 10 mins of this, sure enough the boy just lights up another 5 yr old slashing a red streak across this kids face. It didn`t break the skin, but it looked bad. The boy screamed bloody murder (as you could imagine). The boys mother comes to his aid. And automatically starts spanking the other boy.
Like clockwork, the other boys mother appears, An arguement breaks out about spanking other peoples kids.
Now this situation was handled poorly. Even by those of us just watching these kids play. But it got me thinking about the argument itself. In todays world can other parents police strangers kids without conflict?
noLove

Danville, WV

#2 Jul 20, 2013
Nope, I don't think spanking another child would ever be okay with most parents out there. No matter how much it needed to be done.
EllaBella

Huntington, WV

#3 Jul 20, 2013
No, you shouldn't spank other people's kids, but wtf? I would maybe have spanked the other mother. If you're not going to watch your kids, don't have them. My kids shouldn't get hurt because you don't know how to be a parent.
out wayner

Lavalette, WV

#4 Jul 20, 2013
I would have spanked the crap out of that unsupervised hyena. There is not going to be any ones unsupervised child doing that to my kids. If the lazy parents have a problem with me spanking their kids, than I have 2 companies who can deal with them too, my left and right fist!
Lycan

United States

#5 Jul 20, 2013
I do admit it was handled poorly. As a parent, instead of watching this kid whip around a stick, maybe take it away and risk the child crying and starting an argument that way. Because as it was, the parent wasn`t paying attention in the 1st place.
I`ve seen parents handle awkward situations were kids accidently bump or run into each other or fight over a swing or something. Been there done that as I`m sure most have. But I kinda ride the fence on this one. I usually am out spoken in opinion, but I could see punishment being handed out for blantant actions as hitting other other children with a stick.
It should be known to any 5 yr old not to throw rocks, or hit people with sticks.
sunny

Saint Albans, WV

#6 Jul 20, 2013
No you can't spank someone else's child. If the parent, of the child hit by the switch, saw this happening the question should be.... Why didn't that parent remove their child from the potentially dangerous situation?
Pre-parent

Huntington, WV

#7 Jul 20, 2013
Striking a minor is illegal. I smell a lawsuit.
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#8 Jul 20, 2013
Pre-parent wrote:
Striking a minor is illegal. I smell a lawsuit.
I agree. You can't go around hitting people. Thats considered assault in my book.
out wayner

Lavalette, WV

#9 Jul 20, 2013
BigHerdOn wrote:
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I agree. You can't go around hitting people. Thats considered assault in my book.
What book would that be? The book of poor parenting?

Spinless.
out wayner

Lavalette, WV

#10 Jul 20, 2013
Spineless
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lol

Charleston, WV

#12 Jul 20, 2013
Odd that the parent striking another person's kid didn't have the cajones to say something to the parent or the kid before it happened. Ten minutes is a long time to sit back and wait for it to happen.

You can say something to another's kid to help reign them in a bit if their parent isn't right there, but you can't hit them.
Lycan

United States

#13 Jul 20, 2013
_-zaphod-_ wrote:
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Way to do nothing about the kid before he hit the other one. As an adult you should have spoken up when you saw a potential problem. Just sitting back and waiting for something bad to happen is not the best way to go.
Oh I totally agree. We all seen it coming. As I said, it was handled poorly. However I was watching my own kid and we weren`t close when it did occur. When my child wanted to go play on other equipment I followed.

That`s what the whole point is about. There were parents there, like right there watching this kid swing the stick in their kids face. It didn`t concern me or my child, if it did, I would`ve walked over and prevented it. So my question is hypothetical, would other parents tolerate a stranger correcting thier kids? Cause I sure wouldn`t let a bully run my child off, and I wouldn`t ignore it hoping my child wouldn`t get hurt like that parent did.
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Derper

Huntington, WV

#15 Jul 20, 2013
Call me a wimp, but I would have done it the cowardly way. I would have said loudly, in my kid's general direction, "Watch out, that bully is swinging a stick". I'd be hoping other parents would hear and protect their own kids, and while saying this, I'd get my kid and remove them from the situation.

If the idiot that had birthed the brat got in my face about calling the kid a bully, I'd try to avoid a fight. Because that type is so backward, there's no hope of discussion. There's only going to be violence. I've seen this kind of thing a million times around here, and to me, they look EXACTLY like a chimp throwing feces and screaming. I can't tell the difference.(BTW, that isn't about race, that's a statement directed toward animalistic behavior).

It really is a shame that decent people pay all the taxes and fees, and our children can't enjoy any parks, pools or playgrounds without some inbred hillbilly a-holes ruining it for civilized people. Even at your own home you have to build a high fence if you want your kid to have safe yard to play in, for all the loose pit bulls and crackheads wandering around.
Derper

Huntington, WV

#16 Jul 20, 2013
_-zaphod-_ wrote:
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Yeah. I wouldn't let anyone put their hands on my kids but I would've said something before it became a problem. Too many people worry about offending other people when you can tactfully say something ahead of time. If I didn't know the parents I would probably say something to the kid about playing with sticks being dangerous and make sure to say it loud enough for his patents to hear or just ask him who his parents were and address it with them.
This is a good example of one of those many times I agree with you...lol. We know how irritating that is.:)
Derper

Huntington, WV

#17 Jul 20, 2013
Lycan wrote:
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Oh I totally agree. We all seen it coming. As I said, it was handled poorly. However I was watching my own kid and we weren`t close when it did occur. When my child wanted to go play on other equipment I followed.
That`s what the whole point is about. There were parents there, like right there watching this kid swing the stick in their kids face. It didn`t concern me or my child, if it did, I would`ve walked over and prevented it. So my question is hypothetical, would other parents tolerate a stranger correcting thier kids? Cause I sure wouldn`t let a bully run my child off, and I wouldn`t ignore it hoping my child wouldn`t get hurt like that parent did.
I've seen parents watch their own child in dangerous situations, too. They stand and watch and do nothing. Sometimes I wonder if they are HOPING the kid gets hurt so they can start screaming and sue someone. I can't figure it out.

“I walk among you but”

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Since: Feb 12

I am not one of you

#18 Jul 20, 2013
I don't have children but I don't believe hitting is ever a good idea, my child or someones else's. I think I would have removed my child from harms way. If I didn't see it coming, I would still remove my child after it happened. Fighting with the other parent is classless. I may have spoken to the other parent but I would never fight. Violence is never the answer. Verbal assault is never the answer.
I believe raising children in todays world may be taxing.
lol

Charleston, WV

#19 Jul 20, 2013
Derper wrote:
Call me a wimp, but I would have done it the cowardly way. I would have said loudly, in my kid's general direction, "Watch out, that bully is swinging a stick". I'd be hoping other parents would hear and protect their own kids, and while saying this, I'd get my kid and remove them from the situation.
If the idiot that had birthed the brat got in my face about calling the kid a bully, I'd try to avoid a fight. Because that type is so backward, there's no hope of discussion. There's only going to be violence. I've seen this kind of thing a million times around here, and to me, they look EXACTLY like a chimp throwing feces and screaming. I can't tell the difference.(BTW, that isn't about race, that's a statement directed toward animalistic behavior).
It really is a shame that decent people pay all the taxes and fees, and our children can't enjoy any parks, pools or playgrounds without some inbred hillbilly a-holes ruining it for civilized people. Even at your own home you have to build a high fence if you want your kid to have safe yard to play in, for all the loose pit bulls and crackheads wandering around.
You really need to take some kind of confidence building class or therapy or something.
sunny

Saint Albans, WV

#20 Jul 20, 2013
Derper wrote:
<quoted text>I've seen parents watch their own child in dangerous situations, too. They stand and watch and do nothing. Sometimes I wonder if they are HOPING the kid gets hurt so they can start screaming and sue someone. I can't figure it out.
That was basically what I meant too!! Sadly I see this behavior out of parents too often.
Derper

Huntington, WV

#21 Jul 20, 2013
lol wrote:
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You really need to take some kind of confidence building class or therapy or something.
Tell all your fans what it is about my statements that imply I lack confidence. I'll type slow, so you get it...I said:

A. Avoid fighting.

B. Protect my child from harm.

C. It's a shame that the hard work of many can only be enjoyed by the few (bullies and a-holes).

Which part do you not agree with? Do you throw your poop overhand? I imagine your shoulders are under-developed.
Lycan

United States

#22 Jul 20, 2013
sunny wrote:
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That was basically what I meant too!! Sadly I see this behavior out of parents too often.
YES! EXACTLY! That`s what I was wondering. Why do so many parents fear offending others at the expense of thier own children? It struck me as almost spineless, because you could see the content of fear on the parents faces long before it happened.

I remember one time I seen a child playing close by a road (not in it) and a driver honked to scar the kid away. But the mother actually screamed and hid her eyes as a reflex.
I know being surprised isn`t the same has watching a potential accident unfold, but it just opens all these discussions of parents who "can`t" or "won`t" step up and be a protector over trivial or serious things. I just wondered if this is the mindset of parents now a days.

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