A Chicago, Illinois, mother published an online thank you note to a stranger who disciplined her son at a playground.
“My guess is when that mom told my son to knock it off, that might not have been an easy decision to make,” Karen Alpert told ABC News. “Most moms are biting their tongue before they tell another kid to stop it.”
Alpert took her son Holden, 4, and his friend to a playground. She realized after seeing Holden on the monkey bars with another child that he had not waited his turn.
A nearby mother asked him to stop.
“He’s a nice, sweet kid, but he really wasn’t stopping to think about this other child,” Alpert said. “I kind of saw it going on in the corner of my eye. You walk over, and you’re so angry at them for doing that instead of thanking the other parents for helping.”
Alpert took the time to thank the woman who disciplined Holden in a May 24 post on her blog, Baby Sideburns:
…So today your daughter was trying to do the monkey bars? Okay, got it. And my kid was trying to do the monkey bars too? Simple enough. But since your kiddo is new to the monkey bars and takes forever and sometimes gets scared and stops right in the middle, my son had no choice but to go past her and sometimes bump her a little and she would fall and be all sensitive and start crying? Hmmm. Alrighty then.
Alpert continues by explaining that she should have been there to discipline Holden, but she was on the other side of the playground with his friend who was crying.
“I wasn’t there, but does that give you a right to discipline my kiddo?,” Alpert wrote. “Does that give you the right to talk to him sternly and tell him to knock it off? Does that give you the right to act like you are the person in charge when he is actually MY child?"
“Ummmm, yes. YES IT DOES.”
Alpert then thanks the stranger for doing what she would have done had she been there.
“…if my kid is acting like a douchenugget and I’m not around for whatever reason, you have my permission to tell him to knock that s--- off,” Alpert wrote, adding that she does not give anyone permission to touch her child or yell at him uncontrollably.
“Because even if you aren’t his parent, you are the adult…I’m sorry I wasn’t there to do my job, so thank you for helping me do it,” she wrote.
Her post has since gone viral, having been liked more than 317,000 times on Facebook, according to ABC News.
Alpert finds what the fellow mother did to be courageous.
“I would like other parents to have that courage and I feel like if another parent does that for me, then, ‘Thank you’ – you deserve the applause for having that courage,” she told ABC News.