05-13-2014 07:46 AM
Recently I was at my 4-year old son's t-ball practice when another parent went running towards him and yelled at him for knocking her child's hat off. I immediatly intervened and asked her what was going on. She told me what happened and I said " I saw them playing around with each other the whole practice and the next time there is an issue you should come to me and not approach my 4-year old." I then turned and started to walk away with my son. From acrossed the parking lot the other women yelled " I see where he gets it from you ( insert curse words)". I turned around and said " what is wrong with you we are at a t-ball practice". After that we left immediatley. My question is Should I have allowed her to discipline my son or was her reaction innappropriate? Also, should I make a complaint to the league commisioner or just leave it alone? I would love some other opinions on this.
05-13-2014 07:54 AM
I've been a baseball Mom for 7 years now so I've experienced and seen a lot. In my opinion, she was way out of line. If she saw something that she didn't feel was right, the correct thing to do would have been to calmly come to you since you are his Mom and make you aware so you can handle it. That was not her place to discipline your son and her actions after that just go to show what type personality she has. As far as reporting her to the comissioner...how many practices/games have you had so far? Is this a new team or have you been together this whole Spring season?
05-13-2014 08:01 AM
Thankyou for responding. This is only the third practice and there is almost a whole season ahead of us. I also know some other parents saw this happen and they were upset with her choice of words in front of their kids. I want my son to have a good experience and there is a good chance he will be playing on teams with this other child and going to school with him for many years to come so I am trying to avoid controversy but the situation really bothered me. Maybe I should make the coach aware of the situation so he can keep an eye on it? I spoke to my son and he said he was just playing around and wouldn't do it again so hopefully that will help.
05-13-2014 08:05 AM
I think talking to the coach might be best for now. He can keep an eye on it. If it continues to happen and you think her being there is negative for the other children, maybe a group of you can ask the coach to bring it to the attention of the comissioner. If she's like this in practice I'm afraid of how she will be in a game...
06-03-2014 10:19 AM
06-03-2014 10:29 AM
I didn't see the incident when it happened but I did speak to my son once we were in the car. Part of the issue with how the other parent approached him was that it forced me to defend him from her as opposed to correcting his behavior. Under normal circumstances had she approached me and told me what happened I would have made him apologize to the other child and I would have addressed the situation immediatley but because of how she handled it I wasn't able to do that.
06-03-2014 10:37 AM