Illinois mom writes thank-you post to mom who scolded her son

A Chicago-area writer wants to thank another mom who scolded the writer’s son for “acting like a douchenugget” at the playground, she said on her blog.

Karen Alpert, author of two parenting books and the Baby Sideburns blog, wrote Tuesday that her 4-year-old son Holden bumped the other mom’s daughter off the monkey bars. Alpert, who was tending to another child elsewhere at the playground, said that the little girl started crying when she hit the ground hard.

“Does that give you the right to talk to him sternly and tell him to knock it off? Does that give you the right to act like you are the person in charge when he is actually MY child? Ummmm, yes. YES IT DOES,” Alpert wrote. “I didn’t get the chance to say this today, but THANK YOU. Because if my kid is acting like a douchenugget and I’m not around for whatever reason, you have my permission to tell him to knock that s–t off.”

The post, titled “Dear stranger who disciplined my kiddo at the playground today,” had drawn over 2.5 million Facebook shares by Friday afternoon.

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“Because even if you aren’t his parent, you are the adult,” Karen Alpert (pictured) wrote.

“Because even if you aren’t his parent, you are the adult,” Karen Alpert (pictured) wrote.

(via Facebook)

Alpert has already followed up with a Facebook live video Wednesday for National Wine Day and another Facebook post Thursday on the dangers of leaving children in hot cars. HarperCollins Publishers released her second book, “I Want My Epidural Back: Adventures in Mediocre Parenting,” last month.

“Did you know it’s National Wine Day?” Alpert asked Holden in the Facebook video.

“Really?” he answered.

Karen Alpert writes the popular blog Baby Sideburns and has published two parenting books.

Karen Alpert writes the popular blog Baby Sideburns and has published two parenting books.


“Is that why you have been whining all day long?” she said. Holden thought for a second.

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“Uhh, yeah,” he said. Holden and Alpert’s other child, 7-year-old Zoey, later screamed out in mock tears to show their mother’s nearly 300,000 followers how they had been behaving.

Her gratitude for the parent who corrected Holden at the playground came with the caveat that others are not permitted to “touch him in any way or yell at him uncontrollably (only I’m allowed to do that).” Yet she apologized for not being by Holden’s side at the time because she was helping his crying friend. And she applauded the other mom’s conduct.

“Because even if you aren’t his parent, you are the adult,” Alpert wrote. “Which means you are smarter than he is. And yeah, I know there are probably a-holes out there who would be all pissy about some stranger getting mad at their kiddo, but not me.”

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