Shahara - posted on 08/13/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )
My son is 8 and we have two other kids in the neighborhood that he plays with which are a year younger than him. For the past 2 years we have had a problem with the other children constantly hitting our child and my son has never once put his hands on them. I have even spoke to the parents regarding this and have forewarned them that my son now has the OK from us to defend himself. The other day the little girl that has kicked him many times between the legs, punched him etc. decided to punch my child in the stomach bc he wouldn't give her a tater tot so in return he punched her in the ear. The Child ran home and her 14 year old brother and friend came looking for my child to "HURT HIM". The mother come over and my husband told her the kids do not need to play with each other. The other neighbor I have known 12 years his son Hits my child when he doesn't do what he wants. He also is very angry and screams and yells at his parents that he hates them, wishes they were dead, etc. I told them that my son will start defending himself and the father said that no one will be hitting his child. Well I feel the same way but they haven't put a stop to their child hitting mine. These aren't just little arm slaps these are punches and head stomping etc.
My husband and I do not condone fighting or being disrespectful to anyone therefore we have not had any problems or complaints from anyone that our son is a problem or has ever been a problem.
Why do these parents feel that its ok for their children to hit mine but mine can not defend himself against their children?
Are we wrong for having our child "defend" himself if he is hit by another child?
My husband and I are questioning if we are handling this correctly or not?