Today I had one of those days when I saw the worst in other peoples children.
Most parents and their children are wonderful, really friendly and polite – but then there are those that aren’t!
I’m not one to preach about how to raise children – In fact Isaac can be a devil at times, but I always discipline if the need arises!!
Today I witnessed something I found truly shocking!! A boy of about 9 or 10 was (to be wanting of a better word) – a bully. He was chasing another boy around and then pushed him to the ground and was obviously throttling him!
I saw this happening and said quite firmly “NO, that behaviour is not acceptable” and the culprit ran off to his dad in tears!
I did feel awful, I do not like to make any child upset, but at no point did his parents intervene and the victim was in my charge.
I did explain my concerns to the child’s father a few minutes later, as Eliza had dragged me round to where he was standing. Upon seeing me, the boy fled to his mother and Dad seemed non-plussed about the whole situation.
Then later in the day, I was walking back from the local shop with the double buggy and a gaggle of youngsters (tweens), were all blocking my way. I politely said “excuse me” and was then met with a comment about how they would sue me if I ran over their feet with my pram! I bit my tongue and got on with my journey, only to find out that the same group of children had thrown a bottle of stream water over another child and had broken his Doctor Who sonic screwdriver.
I would hate to think that my children would act like this, and would certainly be having strong if I found out that they had.
I would love to know what you would do in a similar situation!