How Would You Feel About Another Parent Disciplining Your Child?

posted: 05/27/16
by: Mara Betsch
disciplining child

This is a touchy subject with most parents. As a mom or dad, you most likely feel the need to teach your child the difference between right and wrong. How you go about that -- and how you handle your child's misbehavior -- is entirely up to you. And if it's one thing I've learned over the past few years, it's that each parent is different and has his or her own method of discipline. Most parents typically shy away from disciplining other children as to not rock the boat or risk angering another parent.

That's why when Baby Sideburns blogger Karen Alpert wrote a viral blog actually thanking another parent for disciplining her child on the playground, people had opinions -- lots of them! Here's an excerpt below, but the entire post is worth a read.

Dear stranger who disciplined my kiddo at the playground today,

Woah woah woah, lemme get this straight. So today your daughter was trying to do the monkey bars? Okay, got it. And my kid was trying to do the monkey bars too? Simple enough. But since your kiddo is new to the monkey bars and takes forever and sometimes gets scared and stops right in the middle, my son had no choice but to go past her and sometimes bump her a little and she would fall and be all sensitive and start crying? Hmmm. Alrighty then.

Now before I continue, I just want to say that yes, I know I should have been there when this all went down, but unfortunately I was on the other side of the playground with my son's friend who was crying. So no, I wasn't there, but does that give you a right to discipline my kiddo? Does that give you the right to talk to him sternly and tell him to knock it off? Does that give you the right to act like you are the person in charge when he is actually MY child?

Ummmm, yes. YES IT DOES.

I didn't get the chance to say this today, but THANK YOU. Because if my kid is acting like a douchenugget and I'm not around for whatever reason, you have my permission to tell him to knock that shit off. I'm not saying you have the right to touch him in any way or yell at him uncontrollably (only I'm allowed to do that), but please feel free to tell him to stop being a jerkwad if he's not waiting his turn to do the monkey bars. Or if he's walking up the slide. Or if he's throwing wood chips. Or if he's saying bad words. Or being a bully. Or doing anything that he shouldn't be doing that's bothering someone else.

When she posted her blog on her Facebook page, which has 81,000 reactions and more than 3,000 comments so far, many moms applauded her "responsible parenting" while others thought that that this scenario only worked if the child's parents were caring for another child or not present. Either way, we appreciate Alpert's honesty throughout the entire situation.

What do you think? Have you ever had another parent discipline your child -- how did it make you feel?