A Mother Who Lost Control of Her Emotions

@Beestring (3491)
Hong Kong
June 29, 2022 5:12am CST
I went to the mall to do some groceries shopping. On my way back home, I heard a boy crying out loud in the lobby of the mall. He was about 3 years old. He was just standing there by himself, feeling so helpless. I went to him and asked what happened. He said he could not find his mother. When I'm about to take him to the security guard, a woman carrying a bag of groceries ran towards us. She (obviously the boy's mother) yelled at him and asked why he didn't follow her. She even hit the boy badly with her hand. She obviously was very nervous about the boy getting lost and lost control of her emotions. I told her to calm down and stop hitting the boy. Otherwise, I would call the Security Guard. She stopped and took the boy away. I really feel sorry for the boy and wish him luck. I don't have experience in parenting, but I think uncontrolled parental anger can have negative effects on a child’s mental and physical well-being that may continue into later life. What do you think?
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@DaddyEvil (88566)
• United States
29 Jun
I believe the mother was scared, so taking in out on the boy. I hope she doesn't do that again.
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@DaddyEvil (88566)
• United States
29 Jun
@Beestring It's entirely possible she told him to follow her and he didn't pay attention. She still could have handled that better.
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@Beestring (3491)
• Hong Kong
29 Jun
@DaddyEvil Agree. But he was just a very little boy. May be something else attracted him and he just forgot to follow her mother closely.
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@Beestring (3491)
• Hong Kong
29 Jun
Yes, I could see that the mother was totally disoriented. She could not control her emotions and put the blame on the little boy.
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@LadyDuck (401475)
• Switzerland
29 Jun
Poor kid, he was scared and she would have never punished him. He is too young to understand that she has to follow his mother, she had to check if the baby followed. I am glad that you stepped in to help the boy.
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@LadyDuck (401475)
• Switzerland
29 Jun
@Beestring Poor boy, he was too young to understand.
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@Beestring (3491)
• Hong Kong
29 Jun
@LadyDuck Hope the mother calmed down and everything okay.
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@Beestring (3491)
• Hong Kong
29 Jun
Yes, it's the mother's responsibility to check if the little boy followed. I really felt sorry for the boy.
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@m_audrey6788 (58561)
• Germany
29 Jun
I can`t understand why the mother have to hit her child If I were the mother and lost my child and find him, the first thing I will do is to hug him and tell him to follow me good next time
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@Beestring (3491)
• Hong Kong
29 Jun
The mother was so scared. She just went out of her mind.
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• Germany
29 Jun
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@sharon6345 (319433)
• United States
29 Jun
She was scared and thought of all the what if's in an instant. I am glad she was able to find him and trust me when they were on their way home she had a conversation with him. She was truly sorry you can bet that. I am glad you were there and not a child taker.
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@Beestring (3491)
• Hong Kong
29 Jun
Yes, I could see that she was scared and probably angry at herself.
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@sharon6345 (319433)
• United States
29 Jun
@Beestring it takes a split second for your life to change forever. I can promise you she was a wreck all the way home in inside.
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• United States
30 Jun
That's terrible. I always think how bad parents treat kids at home if they treat them this bad in public.
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@Beestring (3491)
• Hong Kong
30 Jun
Yeah, I worry about the boy's situation.
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@dya80dya (26663)
29 Jun
I agree with you. This happened to me when I was 3 years old. My mom hit me on the street. And at home she hit me more. I still can recall this. But I can understand her. She doesn't have patience at all.
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@Beestring (3491)
• Hong Kong
30 Jun
It's good that you can understand her.
@sjvg1976 (35580)
• Delhi, India
29 Jun
She would have been scared and thought she had lost the boy so in frustration she might have hit the boy. She might have hugged and kissed him afterward.
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@Beestring (3491)
• Hong Kong
29 Jun
Yes, hope so.
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@jstory07 (122910)
• Roseburg, Oregon
30 Jun
There is no excuse to ever hit a child she should have controlled her emotions.
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@Beestring (3491)
• Hong Kong
30 Jun
Yeah, she was scared and completely out of her mind.
@marlina (149343)
• Canada
29 Jun
I am glad that you told the mother off.
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@JudyEv (283346)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Jun
That's very sad. That poor little boy.
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• Peoria, Arizona
29 Jun
Goodness sakes, it is like adults forget how they were as kids. Not only was it traumatizing for the kid to lose his mom, but to be hit because he didn't know what else to do. That is so sad. I do hope that you telling her off started something in her brain to learn to not hit her kid.
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@Beestring (3491)
• Hong Kong
29 Jun
I hope the mother calmed down when they left and she gave the little boy a big hug!
@Kandae11 (47301)
29 Jun
She definitely should not have hit the child.
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@Beestring (3491)
• Hong Kong
30 Jun
Definitely not. The boy was already very scared.
@CarolDM (188080)
• United States
29 Jun
Parenting can be very challenging. I hope this situation works out well for the boy.
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@Aiana18 (674)
• Belo Horizonte, Brazil
29 Jun
People today are very inattentive.
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@Beestring (3491)
• Hong Kong
29 Jun
Indeed.
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@yanzalong (18847)
• Indonesia
1 Jul
I agree with you.
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