The path of least resistence.... in fact it is usually the path suggested and touted by those who do not have the strength of character or conviction to take a harder path (misery loves company).
I am a very pragmatic person, but overe the past few years I have discovered in my professional life (day job) that paragmatic does not always work well. Taking the path of least resistance is, in most part, is natural for many people. However it is not always the best course of action. That is not to say that it can't be the best course of action. If everyone took the path of water then nothing gets done and we all loose.
Maybe this is a cultural difference... anyway, where I come from, it's the opposite: the coward one is the one that hits a mom with children.
I can agree with that. Violence is not the answer but standing up for what is right is always the right think. Like I tell myself, my salespeople and anyone else that needs to hear: It is all in presentation. If the lady in the OP post had presented herself well then the OP could have inturn presented himself well and more than likely we would not be having this conversation. It is not what you say but the way you say it.
I have been accused of being a paedophile when taking pictures in a park. So I can relate first hand to the OP. As I said, I not a kid person, so they weren't the main subject. A woman, rushed over and started having an irrational go at me. I let her rant on for a while but remained calm, this annoyed her even more and she grabbed the front of my 500f4. It was then that she got told in no uncertain terms to desist or suffer the consequenses. She then backed off and yelled that she was calling the police. I gave her the phone number and waited for the police to arrive. In the end she was warned by the police and that any continuance on her part would leave her liable to arrest. After she calmed down I was able to explain to her exactly what I was up to and she apologised. If she asked at the beginning this would never have happened, if I had walked away, she would have told everyone that she had chased off a paedophile.
I will do whatever it takes to protect myself, family and property from irate people, but will not take the blame for instigating situations just because I am enjoying my hobby/profession perfectly legally. I will absolutely not stand for being accused of being any sort of criminal.
Good story, proper actions IMHO. which is about what I was trying to encourage folks to do in the language above.