I have often wondered when it is my place to step in and help/or “discipline” another person’s child.
For me, if it’s one of my best friends little ones, I am happy and feel sort of obligated to step in and say, “No, No ____, stay away from the road!” Or “be careful ____, that swing almost hit you!” when they could possibly be endangering themselves.
We had a few “bigger” kids at Timothy’s party that got a little rough in the bounce house while the little kids were in there. I very firmly, but nicely told them, “Y’all can’t bounce in here while the little ones are here.” Problem solved.
But when it is an acquaintance what do you?
Timothy recently was repeatedly knocked down by a bigger kid, and I wasn’t sure what to do. By bigger kid, I mean 7-8 year old. A age I feel like is old enough to know you don’t push down 2 year olds. But I said nothing.
The whole situation made me very uneasy to say anything. I told BTB about the incident, and his response was that I should have said something. In my own defense, he is way more abrupt and direct than I am.
I will say, I would have for sure said something if I thought the child was hurting Timothy, but other than a bruised ego from being pushed down a few times, T was fine.
It just got me thinking, what do other people do? So, my question, what do y’all do? Should I have said something?