Fight or Flight?
Retaliation or not?
What would you advise your child if a “friend” was hitting or kicking them when they were out playing, but not hitting or kicking in a “playful” way, if there is such a thing?
Would you advise them to hit the friend back? Walk away? Talk to them?
I’m not sure what the best course of action is in situations like this. My gut feeling is that meeting violence with violence doesn’t solve anything, and is more likely to end up in a full blown fight than anything else. But is that realistic? Does being the bigger person make you seem like the bigger person, or a wimp who is ripe for further violence?
Would walking away stop it, or just put it off for another occasion? What do you tell your children to do?