Well, today my heart broke for my little 2 year old buddy. This little guy is spends a lot of time here and his mom is a good friend of mine. Today he was very pleased with himself because he used the toilet and didn't once pee his pants. I told him I was proud of him and all of a sudden, out of the blue, he said "Mommy sometimes hurts me when I pee my pants" I will never forget that look on his face. The poor sweetie. I hugged him and asked him a little more. He told me that he gets spankings. I asked him why and he said that sometimes his pee comes out by mistake. (my heart is hurting so badly at this point) He then goes on to say that if he hits his sister (1 yr old) He gets a spanking then as well. What really bothered me what how he described these spankings. He said "Mommy hurts me. Sometimes the hurt is small, sometimes it is big." He then went on to say "Mommy doesn't like me and mommy thinks I am bad" My heart aches for this child... he is only 28 months old. Now, the problem is that his mom is a good friend of mine. I originally met her in the ER with Asia and we because friends as she helped me through a terrible medical procedure with Asia. I am the Guardian for her 2 kids if something happens to her or her partner. I want to say something but don't know how to approach it. I just keep seeing this little boy's face when he said "Mommy hurts me". I know the hurting is in the form of spankings, given because she lacks the skills to come up with an alternative. This child is VERY articulate and can speak very well about this. How do I handle this?