This lady had grabbed her son by the arm and said "do you want me to whip you" okay so we are not great but not extremely bad yet. Then comes the "or I'll beat the living hell out of you." Now that is going over the top. After she essentially pulls the poor kid to the other side of the playground she says "why were you acting like such a queer." Now I am sorry if I offend anyone out there no scratch that I don't really care if I offend someone! THIS IS NOT OKAY! Sadly the boy's "meme" was nearby and never said anything about how he was being treated.
I finally asked my friend N quite loudly how someone could treat their child like that. I am sure that the girl heard me and they left shortly after that. Later I was talking to my friend J and she said that the only thing the little boy was doing was pretending to steer the fake train., I am sure he couldn't have been more than 4 and Imaginative play is healthy for that age.
My personal opinion is that if this girl keeps it up she is in for a whole world of trouble. Our children will emulate what they see and how they are treated. Sadly she will not be the only one to suffer due to these bad habits, but the boy will to. I hope and pray that this child has someone in his life to show him the right way to live life and that they will be a stronger influence then the girl who wants to call her self mom.
Now for my question to you. . .
How would you handle a situation like this? Hopefully I will never come across a situation like this again, but being realistic I probably will so I would love some ideas on what I should do. After all if children are being treated like this in front of complete strangers how are they being treated in the privacy of their homes.