Twice this week I've done it. And twice this week I didn't feel bad about it...at all. Because when it comes down to it, if your kid pushes my kid or takes toys out of my kid's hand, even if they are only two-years-old, and you don't do anything about it, well, I'm going to. Now, it's not like I take this kid over to the corner to issue him a timeout in a public place, I just sternly (and sometimes loudly enough so his nearby mother can hear) say "hey, don't do that." Then, if they do it again, I usually stare at the mother for a minute and then say, "hey, stop it." In hopes that she'll see what's going on.
Personally, I like it when other moms do this for me. Because as much as I try to keep my eyes on my children at all times, there are some things that just escape my notice. But, how do you feel about it? Would you rather they come up and tell you that your child did something bad and then you can handle it from there? I feel like that whole process is just way to long and getting after my child about the offense at that point is almost counterproductive. It's like, "remember that time 15 minutes ago when you hit that kid on the head? Well, that was bad. Don't do it again." And your kid is like, "what are you even talking about? I'm playing superheros right now. Are you sure I hit someone?" And then I'm thinking, "Oh, maybe it was just a hug." And suddenly my child is no longer a hitter, but a kind, gentle soul who only hugs people and trees. You see...counterproductive.
Anyway, I'm just wondering how you all feel about it?