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By Anon / Monday 28 May 2012 05:01 / United States
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By  DocBastard  |  38

As the parent of a five-year old, I can tell you that most of them don't know right from wrong. It sounds like a simple accident (we let our daughter push her brother sometimes, but only under strict supervision), so blaming the child here or expecting an apology is just wrong. Blaming the parents, however is justified. And by "blaming" I mean cursing them out for not watching their kid, and coincidentally teaching the kid some colourful new 4-letter words that they'll be repeating for months.

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By  egc573  |  40

Considering how incredibly presumptuous some American mothers can be, she probably wouldn't have been much help. If anything, she would have just accused the OP of being a pervert or something for even being near the brat.

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you're kidding me, right? you're probably the parent that lets the kid run the household. then, 5 years later, you're trying to be on that stupid show super nanny because "i just don't understand what went wrong and why my kids have no manners and won't listen to a word i say". it was, indeed, an accident. but when you mistakenly do something, like spill water on someone, for example, don't you apologize? or do you always act like a spoiled brat, just like that 5 year old?

By  egc573  |  40

No apology is no surprise. As Louis CK once said, children that young completely lack courtesy. Of course, if you were expecting an apology from the mother, consider that this is a woman who lets a 5-ish year-old push a stroller around. If that's not blatant carelessness, I don't know what is.

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  missalkali  |  8

a five year old pushing a stroller is blatant carelessness? since when? I've seen it a hundred times!! the kid is in the stroller and then insists that they want to walk and then proceed to insist on pushing the stroller. and I've seen kids pushing a stroller with a child inside as well, the mother supervises to make sure nothing goes wrong. very simple. and very not careless if you ask me

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  ferrousWheel  |  6

just because it happens hundreds of times doesn't make it correct. By that logic, college students who cheat on exams and homework shouldn't be called dishonest because "it's happened hundreds of times". Your other point makes more sense, but if the mother was supervising, I don't think we would have gotten this FML, because a supervising mother would have likely apologized. I think that 9 was assuming that the mother wasn't watching her kid at all as this was happening, which (spoiler alert) is pretty damn careless

By  DocBastard  |  38

As the parent of a five-year old, I can tell you that most of them don't know right from wrong. It sounds like a simple accident (we let our daughter push her brother sometimes, but only under strict supervision), so blaming the child here or expecting an apology is just wrong. Blaming the parents, however is justified. And by "blaming" I mean cursing them out for not watching their kid, and coincidentally teaching the kid some colourful new 4-letter words that they'll be repeating for months.

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  Dracoboxer357  |  35

I mostly agree with you, Doc. My oldest is almost 5 himself, and he of course has lots to learn. :) For the most part, his manners are decent but that doesn't mean he always knows or understands when he's made a mistake. I also wouldn't blame a child nor expect an apology from one that young for accidentally clipping me with a cart or whatever. I would hope a parent was nearby as unsupervised children make me wonder about their safety in public and such. :p Call me paranoid, but I guess I've read too many child abduction and/or trauma stories. It's probably my biggest fear of that happening to my boys. :(

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  Bekll  |  26

I once saw a documentary that showed the average kindergarten aged child stays away from hurt adults, but those with Williams Syndrome immediately go up to the hurt adult and ask if (s)he is okay. So OP, don't take it to heart that the child didn't apologize.

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  cosmosis  |  12

Beating your childs ass is wrong on many different levels. Gay Incest pedophile Not the right way to discipline your child if you intend to raise them into adulthood.

By  pdp_fml  |  21

That 5 year old should not have been pushing a stroller in the middle of a busy mall. The mother should have a least apologized to you and if she wasn't around supervising her kid, report her to child protective services in that state. I guarantee that she won't let that child out of her sight again.

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