It’s hard enough to discipline our own children but what do you do when you see another child who seem to be off with his behavior and who happens to be a playmate of your own child? Do you instantly go to the rescue to protect your child or will you just let it be?
- It’s definitely a no-no to hurt someone else’s child. But probably you can just tell the other kid that what he is doing is wrong. He might be assertive with the kind of attitude he shows you. But calm down. There’s no way of getting him straightened out in a flash.
- Talk to your child after their play time. For sure your child would have a gazillion question in mind on what has happened. Your child might probably have noticed that whatever his playmate did was something that you told him not to do. Congratulations! You are doing well in rearing your child. Just let him know that the parents of his playmate might have different rules in their household. But insist that he should stick to what you have taught him.
- If the incident happens again, it’s okay to talk to the child in a calm way, of course, and try to reach out to him. You know, sometimes, a child’s behavior is brought about by his surroundings. A child belonging to a broken family may develop an unusual kind of behavior that his anger towards what has happened to his family are diverted to other people.
- If it seems that even after talking to the child and he has not understood what you have told him, maybe it is time to talk to one of his parents about it. Be prepared, though that the parent might not take it as welcoming because, like anyone else, they’d either feel ashamed of the behavior of their child or would just be mad that you are meddling with the kind of discipline he has taught his child.