I recently was climbing at a spot I frequent and another guy came after I had been there for a while. He had his young kid with him.
I feel fairly certain that this fucking prick was abusive to his kid. He was essentially yelling at him in a hushed voice, dragged him off around a corner out of sight at one point, was posturing at the kid in quick motions like he would hit him and the kid flinched and looked scared each time, the kid looked like he was crying part of the time. Then the guy forced his kid up the route and wouldn't let him down when the kid was crying and no longer progressing up.
I'm a parent and I get that we all have frustrating days, but my gut told me that this wasn't ok. I was going to leave but felt like things were getting worse so I stuck around and did laps, "stretched", etc
I didn't say anything to the guy for fear of me interpreting things wrongly, and also for fear that the guy would be confrontational and I'd be tempted to fight him in front of his kid, which would also be awful for the kid to see.
Would you guys have confronted this dude? He most definitely was not an intimidating guy, but the situation felt wrong and I have been kicking myself for not saying anything or reporting it.