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Moms Talk: Discipline

Do you think parents should discipline other people's children if they are misbehaving? Have you ever had someone step on your toes when it comes to discipline?

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So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation today with a question from Brookfield Patch contributor and mom Wendy Mitchell:

Do you think parents should discipline someone else's child if that parent is allowing their child to misbehave in a public place? Do feel it is up to the parent to discipline their own child and when do you draw the line? What if safety is an issue? 

Get involved in the discussion through the comments section below.

Carol Dores March 30, 2011 at 10:00 PM
I feel it is okay to discipline someone else's child only the other parent is not there. It is not okay to discipline someone else's child when their parent is there. There were many times when the boys were at play dates and I'm sure they needed to be disciplined. I appreciate other people helping to teach my kids right from wrong, especially when I am not there. It does take a village. If you see someone else's child doing something that you feel is wrong, it is probably best to gently approach the other parent. This is especially true if their child is doing something that is harmful to themselves or someone else.
Amy Landisman March 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM
I agree. I don't think it's appropriate to discipline someone else's child if the parent is present. We all have slightly different standards of acceptable behavior. If a child is in danger or endangering another child in some way, then it's okay to step in, but even still it needs to be done with care. When we are tempted to "take over" for another mother we are judging her to be inadequate without fully understanding the situation or the child that is involved.

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