Bad Parenting at Newton Center Playground - Newton, MA.
An unfortunate sighting today at the Newton Center playground. Newton, MA. A man (the child's father) was yelling loudly and caught the attention of almost everyone in the park before leaving. The father tried to gather his child and tell her it was time to leave. He came on a bicycle with a yellow bike trailer and a silver mountain bike. The child became upset and wouldn't get into the trailer and the father became infuriated with the child. He was yelling in a very abrasive way "get in there" "right now", loud enough for people to notice. I am usually pretty reserved, I let people use their own discipline methods. But he was picking the child up, throwing them forcefully into the trailer, the child was screaming. It was not a normal management of behavior. A few times, the child's feet would be thrown backwards over her head. I didn't get a good view of what she was wearing but many witnesses were watching, and the man was dangerously agitated. He upset many other fathers, mothers, and nannies at the park. Someone asked him to quiet down and he sped off in his bike toward Newton Center, cursing at the person and his child. So sad if he was keen to act that abrasive in public, I fear for the behaviors at home.
at 8:15 AM