When I hear that whole "Don't mess with mama bear" thing, I roll my eyes. It's one thing to want to protect your kid from real dangers -- from kidnappers or molesters -- but too often the "mama bear" persona is used as an excuse to be rude to anyone who dares look at your child wrong, no matter if he/she is tearing up a store, screaming in a library, or otherwise acting like a spoiled brat. So I'm sure many will nod their heads and say, "mama bear" when they see this video of a mom going ape on a guy who plowed into her son and knocked him over, but to me, it looks like an entitled woman who feels like the planet is supposed to move out of the way for her kid.
It all started when a skateboarder accidentally hit a child who got in his way ... and you'll just have to see the mom's reaction to believe it!
In the video, a guy is cruising along on his skateboard when he accidentally runs smack into a little boy, probably about 5 years old, as the boy is walking in the same area of the park.
The kid hits the ground and, as kids will tend to do, begins wailing uncontrollably. The skater is obviously upset and tries to comfort the kid. An adult comes over and picks up the kid as the skater apologizes.
But then the "mama bear," seeing her son bawling, comes from out of nowhere to yell, "You hurt my kid on his birthday?!" and push and then punch the guy in face! (As if the guy knew it was his birthday?)
I know this might come as a shock to some moms, but there are billions of people on the planet and it's almost inevitable that one day one of them will bump -- perhaps even smash -- into your child. By graciously accepting the guy's apology and tending to her child, and perhaps even (horrors!) explaining to her son that accidents happen and to be more careful about his surroundings, the mom could have taught her kid a valuable life lesson.
Instead, the lesson she decides to teach is that when someone accidentally hurts you, you should storm over, not accept a heartfelt apology, and instead deliberately hurt that person!
Additionally, if the kid ever happens to hurt someone accidentally, she's teaching him that, gee, he must have done it on purpose and shouldn't be forgiven and maybe he should put up his dukes before someone else does! Crazy!
This reminds me of the mother who came after me recently when her daughter nearly smashed into me with her razor scooter. Since the girl was playing in an area where I had zero expectation that there would be a child, I told her she shouldn't play there and to be more careful. Mom actually took ISSUE with my telling her child where to play! Yet I'm certain if the girl had run into me and gotten hurt, it somehow would have been my fault.
Part of parenting is watching your kid get hurt occasionally. You then rationally decide if anyone is at "fault" and talk it out. Not to mention that this particular mom seemed to be nowhere near her child when the accident happened. If you're going to be this loony about your child getting into a mishap, perhaps you should have a leash on him.
It's possible the entire video is staged (brilliant marketing ploy!), but it certainly appears real. And I can all too easily believe this happened because some moms are just straight-up nutty.
What do you think? Was the mom in the right or wrong?
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