Do you ever wish you could parent anothers child for just five minutes?


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Jenn - posted on 06/28/2011




Yes, I have totally thought that before with a certain person. I wished I could give her kids a reboot LOL! But the problem is, once they got back to her it would all go to shit again anyway. I no longer speak to this person, so I don't have to suffer being around her rude, rammy, annoying kid.

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I actually have. IF you can't parent your child by correcting their bad behavior then I will. Don't like it? Then leave whatever public venue we are both at because I won't stop just because you feel your childs bad behavior is ok. Period. Every child can show manners and respect to everyone around then and should be pulled out of whatever activity they are in when they don't. Have a problem with me be damn sure you want to bring it up because I have no problem taking it to the manager or even the police. :) IMO

Tara - posted on 06/28/2011




I have wanted to train some parents on better methods to use with their children. But no I have no desire to parent anyone's kids but my own.
There are certainly times where I would like to "adjust" the behaviour of another child in my presence.
For instance, we meet weekly with some moms, one of them does not teach her children to share, anything at all, ever. No matter what. Nor does she teach them to ask for things politely rather than grab things.
So I take every opportunity I can to teach them some of those skills such as:
"Jayden those crayons are for everyone to use and since you have two hands why don't you pick two crayons and pass the bin on to the next person."
"Ally if you would like to use the doll house you can ask Sally for it nicely by saying "Sally can I play with the house when you are done with it" or better yet "Sally can I play with the house with you?"

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 06/28/2011




no...i would like to give my two cents at times, but thats it

Stifler's - posted on 06/28/2011




I have no desire to parent another's child really, my own 2 are enough. But sometimes I'd like to give people tips on what to feed their kid, AKA not cheezels every day.

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Well yes and no. My nephews-well they are in my home several times a week and I have a very different set of ground rules in my home than my sister. But at the same time, no, I really have no desire to fix someone else's parenting problems.

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I have two kids and that's enough for me right now.

Sometimes I do look at how other people parent and think how I would do it differently. But I don't want that responsibility...mine are enough.

Becky - posted on 06/28/2011




Well, I don't really think 5 minutes would make much of a difference!
I love my nieces and nephews to death. I would parent them in a heartbeat if their parents could not. But, I don't really think I would have any desire to take over and correct behavior problems for their parents. Especially not if they were out of control teenagers. I dealt with enough of those when I worked in child welfare to last me a lifetime!

Jenni - posted on 06/28/2011




Nahh, I tend to worry about my own backyard.

Out of control teens? Send 'em to Maury. Embarrass them on national television and send them to boot camp. o_O

I don't know any out of control teens and not really worried about them influencing my kids. My kids are going to have all sorts of influences (some that I may not agree with) the older they get... I just have to hope I'm raising them to be resiliant enough and to march to the beat of their own drum.

But I have no interest in raising anyone else's kids, that's their job. They had them, they need to raise them.

Amber - posted on 06/28/2011




Nope. I'd still wish that they were disciplining better. If it were my sibling, I might say "I don't know why you allow that kind of behavior". But I wouldn't want to do it for them.

Melissa - posted on 06/28/2011




Sorry...I was just wondering how many of us see kids that we would love to get our hands on. Do you ever have the "I could fix that problem for you if you like" attitude?

The reason I ask is my sisters have dealt with very rebellious and temper tantrum throwing teenagers. When they call to me for consolation...I am shocked that they put up with the behavior. I often look to my kids (they are a couple of years younger) and let them know not to get any ideas.

Amber - posted on 06/28/2011




Ummm....I'm not quite sure where you are going with this?? A little information as to what you mean would be helpful.

I don't know that I've ever wanted to parent another person's child. I have wished that they would parent them, but I don't have any desire to step in and take it onto my shoulders.

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