Why I’m OK With Disciplining Other People’s Kids
“I remember having a conversation with a friend who was frustrated about an encounter at a local candy shop. Her kids had been picking candy out of the bins and sampling pieces. An employee approached the kids and told them it was not allowed. My friend was really frustrated that the employee approached the kids directly, instead of talking to her so that she could then correct the kids herself. She was offended that the person spoke directly to her kids while she was standing there. I was surprised, because while we parent very similarly, our views on this scenario were quite different.
I’m okay with other people kindly correcting my children. In fact, I welcome it from other parents.”
Visit Rage Against the Minivan to read Kristen’s thoughts on why she is okay with other people correcting her children. (I love her take on this.) Then let us know what you think: Are you cool with other adults correcting your children? Why or why not? ~Ellie
ABOUT KRISTEN: Kristen is a professor of psychology, mom of four, and the founder of the blog Rage Against the Minivan, where you might find musings about the impact of the skinny jean on Kristen’s self-esteem, her tendency to spill food on her laptop, and her inappropriate crush on Jon Stewart. She also indulges in sleep-deprived rants about parenting, poop, adoption, politics, race, religion, social justice, and various other subjects that her mother warned her not to discuss in public. In addition to her own blog, Kristen is a regular contributor to Disney’s parenting site Babble, as well as to Huffington Post and OC Family Magazine. In the spring of 2010, Kristen lost her long and passionate battle against the minivan. It now sits in her driveway covered in crushed cheerios and remnants of her self-esteem.