detail_of (detail_of) wrote in thequestionclub,

child abuse?

I was hanging out with my sister and her one and a half year old son the other day when the kid started acting up. My sister got really frustrated and said out loud, "Mommy is going to go smoke a cigarette before she hits you".

I was kind of alarmed by her remark. My sister is an extremely aggressive person and I worry about the condition of the child when he tests her patience.

If a mother says something involving hitting her child, would you fear for the child, or do you think saying things like that are acceptable when raising a small defiant child?
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