When is it okay to talk to someone else's child? I don't mean "Hi! You're so cute!", but rather, "Please don't hit my kid."
My dear friend, Colleen, called me last night to tell me this story.
Colleen took her just-turned-2-year-old to a class at the park district. While waiting in line for a piece of equipment, a 3 or 4-year old boy run up to Colleen's little girl and pulled her down from behind. Colleen's daughter cried and the little boy asked why she was crying. Colleen explained to the child that he knocked her down, that it scared her daughter, and also that it wasn't very nice. Suddenly, the little boy's mom appeared and Colleen explained the situation. Instead of apologizing, the mom said "I don't appreciate you disciplining my child!" Colleen said she apologized and the mom walked away.
What say you, moms? Is this appropriate? Again, when is it okay to say something to someone else's child, especially in a situation when the mom/dad isn't around?
Nathan is a big kid. He could easily knock a 4 year old down. In fact, he did. Now, he's one and isn't exactly reasonable, but I find it necessary to correct his behavior. If he takes a toy from another child (this has seriously happened twice with me --- he's so easily diverted), I make sure I give it back to the child, apologize, and tell Nathan that it's not his turn. I don't know if I'm "doing it right", but I like to think I'm making an effort to raise a child who's not the jerk. I so hope it works.