Dawn - posted on 09/08/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )
There was a conversation in another community concerning childrens behavior in public places (particularly the mall play area) and parents that do not supervise their children. I thought it was interesting and wanted to hear what other parents do if another child is bullying your child. Do you step in?? If so, when?? If not, why??
My son is 18 months and hitting, pushing, etc., is normal at this age (although I do not by any means encourage this behavior) so unless my son has gotten hurt or is the one doing the hurting, I tend to let the children work things out themselves. And at this age, I would not talk with the other child, I would only explain to my son that the other childs behavior is wrong. On the other hand, when the bully is an older child or if the behavior is leading to an unsafe situation, I will step in and speak to the guilty party in an authoritive but non-threatening way. As a parent, I don't think I would be offended if another parent spoke to my child and told them to behave as long as there were no boundaries crossed (ie. yelling, grabbing).
Look foward to hearing others opinions :)