Being in the grocery aisle of a busy supermarket on a Saturday is not my idea of fun. Less so when I passed by a mother and her two little boys, aged approximately 7 & 9, sweetly standing by the side of her trolley. ‘If you say that again, I’ll wash your mouth out with soap’, I heard her say to one of them loudly. She repeated the statement just to make sure all customers heard. ‘Me and yer dad love that cake, we used to eat it all the time when we were little’. Her irrational outburst seemed to me to be completely disproportionate. The vocal humiliation and threat in the company of complete strangers was the punishment for the little lad simply saying, he didn’t like cake. All I could think of was how much her son needed psychological protection – from her.