Graduate of the Radio and Television Arts Program & Media junky. Wife of a soldier, mother of two. Driver, maid, mediator, judge, jury, parole officer, crisis negotiator. Dont confuse your rank with my authority!
Mindy Roberts of The Mommy Blog asks the question Is it right to discipline someone else's kid?
When my kids have friends over, everyone needs to follow the house rules. I don't care if their parents let them hang off the ceiling fan, you just don't do it at my house.
I don't believe in spanking my kids or anyone else's child and I agree with Dana that I would hope no one would touch my children. I have told kids to stop running in my house and refrain from using inappropriate language but I have never had to time out someone else's kid.
My son has been disciplined at someone else's house and I think that is great, because it teaches him that there are rules wherever we go and we need to follow them no matter where we are.
There was an incident at the park where I only had Chicky and someone was trying to push her down a slide. To be quite honest I can't even remember who it was. All I saw through my mommy lens was a hand that was pushing my daughter. And unfortunately I automatically thought it was my son, but he was at camp. So I start yelling "no pushing, no pushing!". Once the situation was under control, I realized that Ducky wasn't even there and I just disciplined someone else's kid. I was a little embarrassed but it was better than my daughter getting another injury that week.
So is it OK to discipline another person's kid? Yes! When the situation calls for it, for their safety and protection of everyone playing.