Do you have a temper? Have you ever lost it in public and later regretted it??? I did today. I lost my temper. With a 2 year old. Someone else's two year old.
We had friends over this afternoon, and for the most part everything was great. All the kids played well together, we had a nice time catching up with our friends - they even helped us sweep the yard!
And then ... one of their kids clocked Audrey on the side of the head with a whiteboard eraser (not the soft side). Hard. Deliberately. For no reason.
Did I immediately rush over and scoop up my poor hysterical baby? Or did I instead run after the perpetrator saying:
"YOU. Come here."
Yep, you guessed right. Instead of letting his parents deal with the situation I went after him, hauled him off my couch and sent him to go and talk to his parents.
I don't think he'll ever want to come back to the place where the scary lady lives. I know I should have just let the parents deal with it while I dealt with Audrey (because they are the type of parents who would have dealt with it), but that protective mother part of me just lost it and chased him down. I know that if the situation were reversed and it was Audrey who did the hitting I probably would have reacted similarly towards her, but if someone else had reacted like that to Audrey I would not be happy.
I think I need to go and mend some fences.
So this poses a question...is it ever OK, or when is it OK, to discipline someone else's child?