Is it right to discipline someone else’s child?
Originally posted by Karen Dennis from The Next Best Thing To Mummy
After watching a child have a major temper tantrum in a supermarket, a customer ( who was not the parent) told him to “Shut up!”
Is it okay to discipline someone else’s child?
I used to work as a registered child minder and therefore I had to manage the behaviour of the children in my care; who were not my own. Parents would often ask how I did this before deciding on whether to leave their children with me: – read how I did it here
I was once told by a parent who had a child with special needs that when he was misbehaving people would often stare or mutter under their breath, she then told me that on one occasion a woman ( who had obviously realised that her son had some additional needs) came over and politely asked if she could help. The parent said that this was just what they needed; a helping hand to get the child back under control without feeling that she was being judged.
The Right To Discipline Someone Else’s Child?
If you feel that a child needs to be disciplined you should speak to the parent before taking it upon yourself to tell the child off.
How would you feel if a stranger told your child off? I know that I wouldn’t like it.
I now volunteer at a toddler group since ill health forced me to give up child minding.
When I was playing with the play dough along with the children one boy took all the rolling pins so the others couldn’t have them. I looked towards his mother who was looking at her phone, so I decided to have a try, I asked him calmly if he would let another child have a turn with a rolling pin; to my amazement he handed one over, so I gave him lots of verbal praise.
Would you discipline someone Elsie’s child?Please share any thoughts and experiences.
As always comments and questions are welcome.
Until next time.