Nicole - posted on 10/25/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )
Is it ever okay to discipline another person’s child? If you see a child doing something mean, destructive or inappropriate and the mother/father is right there and not doing anything about it, is it ever okay to step in and tell the child to stop?
It is my opinion that other adults should speak to the parent, not the child, when they witness disturbing, inappropriate behaviour. If the parent still does nothing about it, that onlooker should either move on, or (if there is some immediate danger to anyone) contact security or the police.
I think the only exception is if a child was hitting my child I would tell them to stop, step in and take my child away.