Ella got smacked on the side of the head with a plastic shovel by a kid at preschool the other day. A huge bruise emerged on her right temple a day or so later. She cried when it happened but didn't tell the teacher about it...nor did she hit back. Monica - sorcerer that she is - managed to get out of Ella what happened. I can tell you that I wanted (and still really, really, really want to) throttle the little shit that did it. Throwing something at one of my monkeys, slugging them, I'll even give ya biting - that all falls within normal preschool playground misdeeds. But clocking a kid on the side of the head WITH A SHOVEL so hard that it bruises the side of the face?!?! That falls in the land of future serial killer & I think I should be able to (lightly) smack the kid on the side of the head with said shovel...Pushing it? Probably punishable with jail time you say? OK, then, how about this: is it considered "bad parenting" if I give Ella and/or Zoe permission to clock the kid with, say, a playground truck? Maybe run the kid over with one of the huge industrial-sized playground tricycles (I could just politely instruct them not to swerve if the kid should happen to be in their path...). It's wrong to retaliate against a three year old right? If the little scrapper does it again, I'm going to name a blog after said abuser and slander the kid all over the web!! That'll learn 'em!