Bullies at K?

Ilene - posted on 08/20/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I take my son to McDonald's to play once in a while in their play areas. While we have had several pleasant experiences there and my son has played with many kids...today was another example of something that has happened at least twice there. Bullies. An older kid who thinks it's funny to sit there and beat up on my son. This is way up in the play structure and usually is difficult for me to get up there and help my son out. Why is it that bigger kids think this is a fun game? I've pretty much told my son to fight back since I don't want him to just sit there and take it. Has anyone else experienced this? He is five and starting Kindergarten in a few weeks. Is this going to be the norm at Kindergarten?

While I understand it is very possible that my son started some of these fights, I know for a fact that many of them he did not start. Why can't older kids simply walk away when they know that the kid they have decided to pick on is much younger than them? My son was crying and very upset today when I got him out of the play area...and as usual, I took my son out while the other parent did nothing but allow it to happen and didn't pull her son out at least while I was there helping my son.

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I most definaley would NOT stop taking your son there, why the hell should you, the play park is for everyone your son has every right to be there and enjoy himself.
I would make a point of approaching the parents no matter how daunting the thought may be you must put a stop to this either that or approach a staff member of McDonalds after all it is their property this is happening on.
As for when your son starts kindergarten im sure he will grow and flourish and have the best time ever as long as it is a registered kindergarten group all of the staff will be fully qualified to look after the children and any situations which may arise.
hope this may be of some help or comfort

Ilene - posted on 08/26/2009

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I took hiim to mcdonalds again today to play after getting his hair cut. Again, two older kids thought it was funny to beat up on my son. He wasn't doing anything, they were just bored. Augh, I'm ready to stop taking him there. I'm so sick of it. He starts K in a week and a half and I hope Kindergarten isn't going to be like this. I know some would say "well your child must be doing something wrong is he keeps getting this attention". Um no, he was just minding his own business.

They Call Me Mom! - posted on 08/22/2009

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The older child is picking on your son because he can. Simply put, he picks on someone younger and smaller. It is normally a self esteem issue with bullies or it could be he is trying to get the attention of his parents. Obviously, if the parent of the older child didn't say or do anything when he is physically hurting a younger child you can imagine that they don't give him much attention at all.



This is scary because what does he have to do to get their attention? Why are they not bothering to watch their child? Did you say anything to them once you had your child out of the play area and safe? They probably brought their child there so he was corralled. Next time, if the weather is not cold or wet...you might choose a park to play in instead. I am sorry this has happened to your child. No one deserves that!

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