I'm in need of some advice. My 4-yr-old attends a music class once a week and she really enjoys it. But there is another mom/daughter pair in the class that make me nuts. I really think the mom is a bit off mentally. She is either hugging/tickling/holding her daughter or she is speaking to her in language I wouldn't use with my dog or hitting her for some minor offense. The poor child is a wreck and it really shows. When her mom isn't around she tries to be center stage constantly. She looks for attention from anyone and everyone. I feel SO sorry for her (although the other moms and the music teacher become quite obviously exasperated with her constant interrupting of the class). While my dd loves the class, I hate her being around this crazy mother who constantly berrates and hits her child. I'm not even sure what to say to my dd about it. She knows that I don't believe in hitting, that people should never hit other people or even threaten to use violence. I've promised her that I would never do that to her. So how do I explain to her why this mom is treating her little girl so badly? Any thoughts, ladies?