I met another crunchy mom who lives near me a few weeks ago. We live in a NOT crunchy area, so to find another mom who is in to some of the same things was great. We have been meeting in public places like the park for the kids to play, and we talk, and we are starting to get to know eachother a little bit. The other day we ran into eachother at the store, talked a little bit, and my 3 year old was acting cranky. I mentioned that my 3yr old had a really short nap that day because she had a hard time falling asleep. She replied "Oh yeah I really had to beat my older 2 kids today, they kept screwing around and wouldnt go to sleep! I even got out the spoon and beat them with that!" (her kids are 2 and 3.5yrs old btw)
I kept waiting for her to laugh and say "just kidding!" but she didnt, I was so shocked once I realized she was serious, my mouth was literally hanging open and I could not come up with a single thing to say, I was just blown away! She saw my shock, and said "Oh, Yeah, we believe in spanking!" My mouth hung open for a bit more, then I managed to get out "Uhh we don't", and then I just grabbed my daughter and we walked away and I havent talked to her since! I just dont even know what to say to her! She actually acted PROUD that she spanked her little kids with a spoon! I am literally still in disbelief that another mom who seemed so cool and "alternative" could be proud of something like this.
So, I would like to know, what is a somewhat quick thing that I could have said back to her that would have maybe made her think, or understand, or.... SOMETHING, I just need some outside perspective I think. And, if we do see eachother again, should I just not mention what happened? Or do I bring it up? I'm not sure I even wish to continue our friendship.... :/