Yesterday I was at the grocery store buying a few essentials and while I was selecting my favorite cookies, chips-a-hoy chocolate chip, and there was this lady behind me with two little boys in her cart that were probably about 3 and 5 years old. The lady had a stack of coupons and a cart load of stuff, she looked like she was doing the whole couponing thing, and her kids were sitting pretty calmly in the basket. It sounded as if they were asking for something, as all kids do in the grocery store, and all of a sudden she snapped, leaned down and put her face close to her child and said, and I quote:
If you don’t shut up I’m going to punch you in the face!
It wasn’t one of those moments as parents where we might say something we wouldn’t normally when we are stressed – she said it in a very aggressive, hateful way. It made me uncomfortable and I felt sorry for the child, but I didn’t intervene. I wish now I would have, but at the time I think I was more shell shocked than anything.
So last night on my facebook page I posted her picture and gave a brief account of what happened and the post went nuts. Lot’s of people were extremely upset, they were un-following my page and I received quite a few hate mails, which I really didn’t understand. I couldn’t understand why people were sticking up for her. I finally removed the thread to stop the negativity and hate that was filling up the thread, but now I wish I hadn’t of.
There is absolutely NO reason for a mother to talk to a child in that manner. I was treated that way as a child and all it does is instill fear in the child. If you have some sort of an excuse for this kind of behavior I don’t even want to hear it. Unlike my Facebook page if you want, send me hate mail, do whatever you have to do, but in my opinion it is wrong, hateful and has no place in raising a child. I’m bi-polar and I deal with kids shopping all the time, and I’ve NEVER even come close to saying such hateful things to anyone of my kids. If you are one of these types of parents you should be ashamed and embarrassed and rethink the way you raise your children.
That is all.