Mom Chastises Hospital Employee for Telling Her Daughter a Boy Punched Her Because He 'Liked Her'

Growing up, you probably heard someone say,"Boys push and shove girls they fancy." Well, Ohio mom Merritt Smith doesn't want her daughter Joni thinking that's okay -- especially after her 4-year-old daughter was hit by a boy so hard, she needed stitches. And if that wasn't bad enough, a male hospital employee told Joni, "I bet he liked you."


Um, come again?

It's not hard to imagine the look Merritt gave this registration employee after he told this to her 4-year-old daughter. Rather than keep her comments to herself, Merritt decided to use the situation to school this guy on the right message kids need to learn when it comes to hitting.

Needless to say, her Facebook post has gone viral with many folks in agreement.

"I bet he likes you."Dear man at the registration desk at Children's hospital, l'm positive that you didn't think that...

Posted by Merritt Smith on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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Now I don't know if this guy working at the Nationwide Children's Hospital has kids, but this is not what you should tell a little one. I'd like to believe that when faced with a 4-year-old girl with such horrible marks on her face, his mind went blank -- making it hard for him to utter words of encouragement instead of justification for why she received the hits she did. And PS: This is the last thing a little girl needs to hear from a man.

Parents realize that kids can and will hit each other (hopefully the little boy involved had his actions corrected). Whether kids don't know how to properly communicate their feelings just yet, or they get caught up in "uncontrollable" emotions -- it does happen. Does this mean we should continue to promote the notion that when you have warm and fuzzy feelings for someone, you can show them with a push, shove, or fist?

If education truly starts a home, we might want to rethink this.

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I give this mom props for speaking her mind and providing a teachable lesson that day -- both to her daughter and to this employee (the hospital has since issued an apology). Children need to know that using fists and getting physical isn't acceptable, and judging by this story, some adults need to learn this too.

As a mother of two little boys, I will teach them that if you like a girl, pick flowers (she won't know dandelions are weeds) or bring candies (ugh, possible food allergies. Scratch that) instead of pushing her around at the playground -- or worse, doing something like this where she ends up at the hospital.

Boys shouldn't hit girls. Girls shouldn't hit boys.


Image via Merritt Smith/Facebook

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