The woman takes this boy, made him stand in front on her with his back to the lockers, and started yelling at him. "What is WRONG with you?? We've been going over this for TWO DAYS already! You have to keep your arms UP!"
Turns out, this woman was ripping on her son because he wasn't playing well enough. Mom, showing an admirable amount of constraint, walked over to the lady, put her hand on her shoulder, and said, "It's okay. It's just a game--he's only in 2nd grade."
"He's in FIRST grade," the lady said.
There...wasn't much to be said about that. Mom said that this lady kept haranguing her son for another five to ten minutes, and then after the game (Mom had left already) she and her husband, who happened to be the coach, came out looking for Mom. *headdesk* I'm not sure what they were planning to accomplish by getting on her case...but I digress.
I also find that the more I see the way people raise their kids, the more parallels between child-raising and horse-training I see. Take for example, someone who's showing a horse. If they smack it on the neck/jerk the mouth around every time it makes a mistake, the poor animal soon comes to loathe the show-ring (or whatever they're trying to do) with a vengeance. The same principles abound in horse training, child raising, dog training, whatever...they're just translated to a different being. You know?? These basic principles are so natural to me that I find it frustrating when people don't look at the whole picture or try to find a better way to do things.