I'm not a fan of corporal punishment, but I have to admit I sympathize with the mom featured in this episode of Coffee Shop Confessions: "I Almost Spanked a Stranger's Child!" Because the mom lost her temper in a toy store, and if you've ever taken a toddler to a toy store (or even observed a toddler in a toy store), you know exactly how horribly horrible an experience that can be.
And it's not like the mom was going to give her little girl a full-fledged spanking in the middle of the aisle; she just went to give her hand a swat. How many times do I have to tell you to put that toy down?!
Unfortunately, the hand she grabbed didn't belong to her daughter at all.
Nope, that hand belonged to another mother's child -- another mother who happened to be standing nearby (and looking mighty annoyed).
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The Coffee Shop gang had a serious problem with what the spanking mom did next, but personally? I understand. Give the gal a break, she was embarrassed! Check out the clip to see what happened:
Of course she ran away! Forget the teachable moment thing and get outta there ASAP, that's what I would've done. Not the perfect solution, but sometimes perfect is impossible.
What would you have done if you almost spanked the wrong kid?
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