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Playground Bully

 My kids play across the street at the school playground a lot in the summertime. It's not the school my kids go to so I don't know many of the kids. We've had a few small instances before but nothing horrible. Someone tried to take my son's scooter and basketball. I scared em off and same with a kid who was swearing at the kids. But now we have a problem. There is a Grade A bully. He started by breaking my son's water gun on the pavement. Threw his baseballs on the school roof. And more recently punched him in the mouth.  I just found out about all of this when he tried to hide his fat lip telling me he had a cold sore. My son is 8. My daughter is 10 and said the same kid has been mean to her and taken or broken her things. Apparently all the kids they know at the playground are too scared to stand up to him, except for 1 6th grader who isn't always there. The bully is 7 btw. So now its my turn to confront him. His mother is never around. Otherwise I would just talk to her. My mother and my FIL said I should just call the cops and really scare him straight. But I don't know if I wanna go that far. What would you do?

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Tell this kid you demand to speak to whatever adult is in charge of supervising him. And he will say. He's only seven. And when you do, be sure to only speak factually. Don't interject any emotion or judgment. (It's hard, I know.) Let them know there are possible financial consequences. After all, broken toys and fat lips (read medical attention) spell a need for compensation. Talk events and money- very easy to understand concepts.

Good luck &hearts
I had planned on having my kids go through each item that was broken or stolen and make a proper list so if by chance I could speak to his mother she would know exactly what he has done and owes my family. My biggest worry is that he will have those parents that don't care. I am not saying I NEED compensation, just that they won't do anything to stop his behavior.