So is it ever okay to discipline other people’s children?
I watched Good Morning Britain this morning where there was an image that has come out of a pensioner putting a child in an arm lock on a train as he was misbehaving.
Is that really acceptable behaviour from either party?
No of course the child shouldn’t be misbehaving, but it is most certainly not up to someone else to start disciplining them to that extent.
Of course, if children are being naughty and are old enough to be on their own without their parents, they should be treated like any adult. Asked to stop doing whatever it is that they are doing, and going through the necessary steps if they continue to ignore the requests.
Having a 2 year old, it made me think that it is actually never okay for anyone to discipline your child at any age.
It is the parents responsibility to decide on which course of discipline to take depending on how naughty they child has been – no one else’s.
Even grandparents I think should naturally take a step back. Of course, if they look after their grandchildren then you want them to follow the same rules as the parents, to ensure consistency. But they are family, so that is acceptable.
Although I wouldn’t be happy if my parents shouted at little man whilst I was there witnessing it. That is my job.
It is most certainly up to us as parents to discipline our own children on all occasions. It is us that teaches right from wrong, and shows them how to behave. As parents, that is a huge pressure, but one that naturally has to fall with us.
I would definitely want to know if that was my child on the train misbehaving so I can ensure he never does it again – but from the staff on the train and not from a member of the public taking it upon himself to teach him right from wrong.
So maybe the man on the train should back off and think how he would feel if we started man handling his children….
Not very nice is it?
Busy Working Mummy XOXO