Have you ever found yourself seething at another parent’s inaction as her son or daughter wreaks havoc on the playground? A New York Times blog post I ran across this weekend reminded me of a quandary I occasionally had when my girls were younger. How do you deal with the aggression of other people’s kids, especially when the other parent is sitting right there and not doing a thing? Do you step in and discipline somebody else’s kid? At what point? What if the other kid is simply being obnoxious but not physically hurting anyone? What if she’s hitting — but the target is a kid other than your own? What if the other kid hits yours — but in response to a verbal jab from your little angel?
Now let’s turn it around. Have you ever found yourself seething because another parent stepped in a disciplined your child while you were sitting right there?
I’m curious about all sides: What are the rules for disciplining a child other than your own?