How do you deal with playground conflicts?

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How do you deal with playground conflicts?
Tue, 06-25-2013 - 3:31pm

I was reading an article in the Huffington Post, the author has a son with many issues including SPD, and has a very hard time taking him out in public.  She was repeatedly confronted by other parents over her son's interaction with their kids: 

Boaz, my behavior-challenged 6-year-old son about whom I've previously written, had apparently pushed another little boy, whose father charged toward me, fire in his eyes, to alert me of the incident. Did I believe him? Of course. Boaz runs around hitting everybody, why is why taking him to the playground is nothing short of an exercise in masochism. But we were meeting up with friends and sometimes you just hope for the best, and I'd only turned away for a second to give his little sister, Ayla, a push on the swing. Which is when it all went down.

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I didn't like a lot of the comments, and feel bad that parents can't be more understanding.  While you don't want your child hit or pushed, it does happen a the playground and sometimes you just need to let kids work it out.  It was sad to see none of them stepping in when her child was being bullied.  

How do you handle instances such as this?