we shopped at the mall yesterday and took a lemonade break near the indoor playground to enjoy the children playing and laughing… noticed a small child, probably 4 yrs old who displayed a pattern of behavior with others both smaller and larger than herself… she’d push them, scream into their faces with Red-faced scowls I, as an adult, thought were fierce! Even the older larger kids were intimidated and felt sorry for the smaller-younger little ones who had to encounter her!! The mom was always nearby the little bully, smiling the entire time and we were shocked… left wondering if her parents were actually nurturing their toddler’s bullying behavior.
In our minds, when parents do nothing to DIScourage bad behavior, they are encouraging it. How can parents think bullying behavior is “cute” or “funny”??? It’s certainly the impression we got by observing both the bully and her mom’s reactions.