Australian parenting expert and father-of-six Dr Justin Coulson shares his thoughts on discipling other people’s children.
When he was recently asked by a mum if she was right to intervene in a disagreement between her son and another child.
‘The short answer is “Heck Yes!” Dr Coulson wrote on his blog.
‘We have a responsibility to discipline other people’s kids – particularly when they’re not doing it themselves.’
‘It [discipline] derives from the word Latin word, disciplina, which means instruction or knowledge,’ he explained.
‘This puts an alternative spin on things! Disciplining is not about punishing, it is about teaching, whether it’s our child or somebody else’s child.
‘And if done correctly, with gentleness and kindness, most parents would welcome another parent teaching their child about the right way to behave.’
‘Kids need discipline. But it should always be focused on guidance, instruction, and helping.
‘When it is, we can be safe in saying that it’s everyone’s responsibility to be involved in raising and disciplining kids.’
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