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Should Adults “Parent” Other Peoples’ Kids?

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When we arrived at the playground yesterday, I saw a father disciplining his three young daughters.  They had been throwing rocks at each other, and one of them was crying because she had been hit it the face.  He read them the riot act, and went back to watch his son playing in the game on the adjacent soccer field.

Not 5 minutes later, my wife and I saw the kids throwing handfuls of rocks at each other again.  We watched and wondered to each other if we should step in and say something.  I didn’t want to scare the kids (with stranger danger) because they were probably between the ages of 3 to 6.  I thought about going over to father to tell him about what was going on, but I didn’t want to offend him.  I decided to mind my own business, but later felt bad about it.  If one of the little girls had gotten hurt again, I would have felt bad.

I decided that if put in that position again, I would say something to the father.  If he happened to become offended…so be it…at least the children would be safe.

 

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