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I have made a pact with myself to always speak up if I see (or hear) a child being spanked, but I then wonder, what about verbal abuse? The other day I took my child to the park and there was an angry father yelling quite nasty things at his daughter. I've seen this type of thing happen quite a bit and I just don't know if it would do any good to intervene, but then I feel so terribly guilty for not doing so. I've thought perhaps I'll just have to take it on a case-by-case basis (depending on the degree of yelling and what is being said, age of child, etc.), but I was wondering what others here do. Anyone have any suggestions on not only when to intervene but how to do it effectively?
My advice may not be appropriate for you. That's ok. You are just fine how you are and I am the right kind of me.
I think it depends HOW extreme it is. I am more likely to speak up for a young child than an older one, like a toddler I mean. A couple weeks ago a nieghbor in our complex was going ON AND ON at her 11 year old daughter. She was clearly drunk and was screaming and cussing at her daughter who had been playing outside with other kids. I personally know the girl who is very sweet and the mom is a drunk. (VERY sad all around) Anyway, she kept going and the girl was sobbing and embarassed and then the mom started yelling at other kids NOT her own! I and my best friends hubby who were outside talking finally snapped and went over and told her to QUIT cussing in front of OUR kids and go inside and stop yelling. She actually became very beligerent with a whoel bunch of peopel around and the cops were finally called. That experience has taught me to be careful cuz if I had been alone in a private area she may have gotten physical! It pisses me off to see people verbally abusing children but unfortuantly you cannot change the world..... (sigh)
Bethany, crunchy Christian mom to Destiny (11) Deanna (9), and Ethan (2)
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