I'm being very brave for posting about disciplining your kids aren't I?
It's kind of like talking religion or politics.
SO this happened to me the other day and I've felt weird ever since, so I'm asking for opinions on the matter.
My son is 3 1/2. Every one has always said that the terrible two's is definitely terrible, but age three is a 1,000 times worse. I couldn't agree more!! So my son is smack dab in the middle of his three year old year at full force and it makes me want to rip my hair out!
A couple nights ago my little family went out to dinner, Kyson was acting like a perfect child until we got out of the truck and started walking to the restaurant. Out of no where my dear child whom I love so much literally threw himself on the sidewalk, started rolling around, screaming, kicking, the whole nine yards. Over what? We have no idea!
We tried talking to him. It made things worse. We threatened to spank him. It made it EVEN worse.
So what did we do? We spanked him. And right as we did, a grown man walked out of the restaurant and saw what happened. It was so humiliating but Kyson deserved it. We don't usually spank him in public but his fit was outrageous and he needed to be taught that that kind of behavior is very unacceptable.
Well after he got his little spanking, he freaked out ever more and literally started slapping Dave. So we took him back to the truck where we could have a little more privacy.
I looked up and noticed that the guy who saw us was sitting on the bumper of his car watching us like a hawk!! It was so uncomfortable and very distracting. We were not hurting our child, we were simply trying to teach him a lesson! We do not beat our child, we discipline. We don't spank hard enough to hurt him, just to get the point across that what he's doing is not ok! We have tried time out, no tv, toys etc, no dessert etc. He has outgrown these discipline actions. So we're trying spankings. So far it's worked pretty well.
Once Kyson calmed down we were able to go into the restaurant and have a nice meal. The guy sitting on his bumper didn't leave until we were inside the building. I know this because I became the creepy one and watched him leave.
Now, was that man way out of line for babysitting us while we disciplined our child?
Were we wrong for disciplining the way we did?
I've felt so weird about it ever since it happened and I feel like such a terrible Mom now.