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Mommy Dearest: When Is It Appropriate to Intervene?

Mommy Dearest,

The other day I was at the mall waiting for my ride when a car pulled up to pick up the grandmother, mother and three children standing beside me. The driver, who appeared to be the father, was in a rush and started screaming and swearing at the three-year-old who was slow to get into his carseat. The grandmother and mother chimed in and it sickened me especially because no one was even helping the child climb in. They had six people piled into a compact vehicle so I considered calling the cops to pull them over, but wasn't sure if that would just make the situation worse. What should I have done in this situation?

— Feeling Bad for the Boys

To read the response from Mommy Dearest,


Feeling Bad for the Boys,

This is a tough one and especially disturbing, as the adults were so comfortable cursing at the child. It makes one wonder how he is treated at home. While these situations are heartbreaking, deciding to take action is a personal decision. On occasion, I have confronted parents who were mistreating their children or contacted mall security or a police officer nearby. My thinking was the child has no voice so as an adult, it was my responsibility to do what I could to prevent them from being mistreated. That said, let's turn this issue over to our lilsugar readers to advise on.

— Mommy Dearest

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