It was an accident of course.
Some may say what this father did was crossing the line of parental discipline, but everyone in this conversation said it was the perfect parenting response to his son’s behaviour.
Reddit user and single father, CabayeByeBaby said that he had (accidentally) hit his son in the nether region as a reaction to protect his own crown jewels.
The dad wrote, “He’s five and lately has found it funny to try and hit people in the “private parts”. I’ve explained multiple times to him calmly that it’s not appropriate, hurts, etc. However today that little testicle assassin snuck up on me and nailed the family jewels, he laughed at my pain so I nailed him back out of instinct. He cried and eventually said he wouldn’t do it again…. Im not sorry, but I could be a bad parent maybe?”
I have been in a similar situation – but I was the young child who found a strange pleasure in causing people pain – not that I realised what I was doing at the time (until a family member showed me). When I was a toddler I used to bite people, at daycare, at home, in public. I thought it was a funny game. My family member tried all the tactics to teach me that it was wrong. I didn’t want to listen.
So one day said family member bit me back. Not hard. Not so it broke the skin. But just enough so I felt it. I never bit anybody again.
It turns out everyone is in support of the dad and his reflexive actions. (Which means they're in support of the family member that bit me once too). The discussion from Reddit users was completely in support of the dad.
"I'd say that the lesson of 'causing physical pain can result in receiving physical pain' is a lot safer to learn from a parent who has a strong instinct to hold back than learning from another kid who may decide to save face in front of their friends. I don't run around doing eye-for-an-eye with my kids or anything, but in this case, I can't really fault OP [original poster]," said tddawg.