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Should I reprimand another parent's child?

Lynne Kenney
Psychology
It depends. Are you the responsible adult in charge in that moment? Is the child at your home, where your rules reign? Are you checking your own anger or bossiness?

If it’s really about the child’s behavior then offering a new choice may be helpful. If the parent is present, do you ask them to redirect their child? “I notice Joey is… could you ask him to make a different choice?” or “Do you think we should help out?”

Often a parent is just too tired or distracted to step up to the plate, help that parent with gentle reminders.

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