There is always kid in your child’s school or daycare that plays rougher than the other kids. But how do you deal with it when it’s becoming more violent?
Today this kid knocked down several kids in the playground. He wasn’t doing it in anger, just playing too rough and knocking these kids down. I supposed this would be considered bullying, right?
And the thing that irks me the most is that his Mom was standing nearby chatting with another Mom completely oblivious to what her son was up to!
She paid attention to the aftermath, when these kids, including my own, were crying. In one instance, she replied, “Well that boy scratched him too.”
Seriously!? Uh uh, no way! If that was my child doing that, I would stop them immediately, have them apologize, apologize myself and leave the playground!
This, to me, is the beginning of a bully and it needs to be corrected NOW!
How do you approach “That Kid” ‘s Mom?
I suppose you pull up your big girl panties and diplomatically approach, said Mom, and explain that their child is not behaving appropriately towards his or her friends and that they are getting hurt and upset.
To me, this Mom would get her back up and say, “Not my kid! Your child must have done something first to provoke mine.” Grrrrrrr.
Maybe you need to speak to the parents of the other kids who are being affected and have them approach her as well. Maybe then she’ll realize the issue.
I’m hoping for the best because this little guy could really be a great kid with some good redirection and correction.
If your little one is being bullied and having difficulty understanding what’s going on, check out this book that I came across, Pingo and the Preschool Bully.
Parenting.com has a great article on how to handle the Preschool Bully