Andrea - posted on 05/02/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )
My little girl is almost 22 months old and my son just turned 3 a week ago. We were at a McDonald's play land and a big boy (8 or 9 about 80lbs) was being a bully to my son. He "chased" him out of the playground and set himself up in front of the entrance and would not let him pass. My son came to me (I was ordering the food) and said "mom that boy is scaring me." I told him it will be OK I would take him in in a minute. He walked back over and the boy crossed his arms and stood in the middle of the entrance so he couldn't get past and gave him a look that clearly said he wasn't going to let him in. My daughter Who had been standing with me got a stern look on her face and walked over (about 20 ft) to the boy. She smacked at him (hit his hip) and said "NO." The boy actually got a look of surprise on his face and backed down letting them both go in and play.
My husband says I should have corrected her and told her not to hit - but I was more proud of her for defending her brother and not backing down to a bully than worried about her hitting. It wasn't like she punched him she just smacked him on the hip and I know it didn't hurt him, just let him know she wasn't scared of him. I didn't praise her or anything since I was waiting for the food and they went in to play. We usually correct them when they hit or attempt to hit but this time I let it slide - what would you have done?