Disciplining Other People’s Kids
- March 22, 2016
- by Melissa Lawrence
Melissa here, with another video. I know I’ve been sharing my advice with you guys for years through my blog, but this time, I’m turning the tables around. I’m looking for advice from you! We’re talking today about disciplining kids. Not rocket science, right? That is, until you’re put in the situation of disciplining other people’s kids. How does someone handle this situation? On one hand, you don’t want to step on any toes and upset the parents, but on the other hand, you definitely don’t want to put your child in a situation with a mean child who could possibly hurt them. Should you try to find a middle-ground? Here are my thoughts on the subject of disciplining a mean child: when they aren’t yours.
Child Discipline (when they aren’t yours)
First, let me give you a little back story. And let me tell you, it was shocking. I was riding in the elevator with one of my children and another child and his caregiver and another person we knew. Then, out of nowhere, this one child turns to my kid and asks them what they’re doing in the elevator, with a pretty nasty tone. I didn’t say anything at first, but the second time they asked, I knew I had to put my foot down and say something. And the worst part is, that wasn’t the first time my child has been getting mean comments from this kid.
After watching my video, what advice could you give me on disciplining a mean child who isn’t yours? I’m not sure if what I did was the best out of my three options…I think it was the tiger mom in me and my natural instincts that made me just want to stand up for me and my child and I didn’t really have time to think. I want you guys to be honest with me and tell me exactly how you would deal with the situation and if you think I made the right move. I’m hoping this can start a really great conversation about disciplining children in general.
Thanks for all of your support these past few years. I’m so grateful for your kind comments and wonderful questions. Keep them coming, and I’ll try to answer as many as I can!