As my son, my 3 yr old daughter and I walked towards our car this kid walks up and give us that snarky smile. You know the one. And being the level headed composed child of mine, my son has to respond with a great come back "What, what are you smiling at?" To which the other boy throws a few expletives. At that point I was slightly
Kid one: oh yeah, bring it
Kid two: you think you're so tough, you bring it
Kid one: %^&*& ^**(*
Kid two: no you are &*((^ &*(*
That might be paraphrased a tad. I tried to defuse the situation by telling my son to just grow up and that the other kid wasn't worth his time. What I REALLY did was escalate the problem because the other kid heard me and took offense. This comment that I thought would wake them up and show them the error of thier ways, really sent his curseometer into over drive. Another mother tried to talk that kid down and asked him to just go to his car (WHERE were all the men during this??) It did get said kid to back off my son, but he turned his hostilaty on the other mom and started dropping the F word on her!
In all seriousness, this all transpired very quickly and though I was there I'm still at a loss as to how it got so ugly so fast. I know that had adults not been standing there these kids could have easily become physical. Girls aren't like that. We get mad, say a few mean things about each other’s hair or outfit and move on with life.
I made it clear to my son that if fists had started flying and he was involved the consequences at home would have been so much worse than any pain he might be feeling from a punch. He assured me I just didn't understand. It’s a man thing. I assured him that HE just didn't understand. It’s a MOM thing!
I'm curious how others feel about this? Is a little fistfight just boys being boys? Would you punish your child if they got into a fight or be glad they stood up for themselves? If any men are reading, what makes you want to settle a disagreement by hurting someone physically?