Do you ever need mommy/parenting advice? I know I do! Well, today I’m on the other side, and helping another mommy out with a question. I’ve teamed up with Danielle from Serene Mom, Iyanna from Yannivlovely, Nikki from Healing Momma to answer all your questions.
Our first mommy asked:
I was at a birthday party recently and the host yelled at my daughter. My daughter was just standing close to the t.v. I didn’t say anything, but promptly got up and politely left the party. My husband said I should have said something, but the situation caught me off guard. How should I have handled the situation?
Wow. That’s a pretty tough situation. I mean, I yell at my own kids all the time, but I don’t think I would like another mom doing it. Especially since it seems like your daughter wasn’t doing anything wrong. I completely understand you leaving because it really would have caught me off guard too.
I think if the same thing happened to me, I would first check on my child. Make sure he/she was OK, and find out if there was more to the situation than I saw from their point of view. I would then have someone else watch my child while I pulled the other parent into another room. I’m not big on confrontation, and I don’t think in the middle of a birthday party is the right atmosphere for a good conversation.
Even though it would probably be hard, I think I would calmly ask the parent to explain the situation. No matter what had happened, I would ask them to come to me first next time. I understand that birthday parties can be stressful on the parents. I’m usually running around like a crazy person. However, there’s no need to just yell at another person’s child.
If my child is doing something wrong, I have no problem with discipline, but I want it to come from me or my husband.
Thank you so much for writing in with your question. I hope my advice helped! You can also go check out Serene Mom to see what Danielle would do, and then head over to Yannivlovely for advice from Iyana.
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