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Mom Confession: I Almost Spanked a Stranger's Kid! (VIDEO)

by Jacqueline Burt on December 12, 2012 at 9:32 AM

coffee shop confessionsI'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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Filed Under: cafemom studios, coffee shop confessions, discipline, toddler toys


  • Billi...
    -- Facebook comment from

    Billie Jo Evans

    December 12, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    First of all, you NEVER punish your child when you're angry, #1 rule! If ANYONE were to even just touch one of my children I would have their @ss.

  • Pinkmani


    December 12, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Don't you EVER put your hands on someone's cub because mama bear is gonna' use some claws on you!!! 

  • CaliG...


    December 12, 2012 at 9:49 AM
    We don't spank, we do warning, T.O., then if it escalates, hand slap & another T.O. (98% of the time T.O. does the trick). It's the same if we're in public (I tell my 2yo, that I WILL find a corner, no matter where we are!) lol. If someone else disciplined my child, I would freak the F out! If I ACCIDENTALLY grabbed another child's hand (unlikely), I would stop & apologize, & move on. But I've mistaken another kid for my own. And, no, I don't walk away to "calm down" first, while my child runs amok! Sorry, not my style, but my kids is waaaay better behaved than most toddlers : )
  • CaliG...


    December 12, 2012 at 9:51 AM
    *** I've NEVER mistaken another child for my own***
  • power...


    December 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    i forgive many toddlers look a like

  • the4m...


    December 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM
    Hahaha that's actually really funny. Someone turned around in walmart once and told my daughter "shut up already! I already said no McDonalds! Don't ask me again!" Then got a horrified look on her face, and almost started t cry, apoligized profusely, and basically ran away while I tried to tell her it was fine. She felt so bad, but I couldn't console her cuz I was laughin too hard!
    Her dd had aparently been begging for mcdonalds, when my kids and I came up behind her, and my dd asked me for it.
    That was the funniest day I've ever had out in public.
  • amiec...


    December 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    We do time outs and "pa-paus" which is just a slap on the hand. usually jsut saying, "Do you want a pa-pau?" Is enough to get him to listen. :]

  • LadyDIN


    December 12, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    I accidentally grabbed another man at an out door fair type thing. He looked like my husband from the corner of my eye! I realized my mistake, and apologized. I'd probably do the same thing in this situation.

    God help the stranger who touches my child in public with out my ok. I will automatically assume the worst, and knock a mo-fo out. Dig?

  • MO Mom
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    MO Mom

    December 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM
    @the4mutts, How funny!
  • 4cadi...


    December 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Sounds like an accident....move along. 

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