Disciplining kids is hard enough, but what do we do when other people’s children are involved? When you’re in a restaurant and the children at the neighboring table are rambunctious; a play date is hitting; a carpool child doesn't wear his seatbelt; or the child in line before you at the grocery store is taking candy, how do you react? Do you talk to the child or to the parent, or try to ignore the situation entirely? It’s a dilemma. Here are some ideas about handling other people’s kids.

We are often afraid to intervene when it comes to other people’s kids because it feels like we’re criticizing the parents. No one wants to be criticized on their parenting skills and, because we know how that would feel, we are loathe to criticize others and make them feel the same way. We don't want to put anyone on the defensive.
On the other hand, many of us would want to know if our kids were ill behaving, especially towards other children or other people's property. If my child was calling kids names in carpool, you bet I would want it stopped. If my child was teasing another child at the supermarket, I would not want him to get away with it. 

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