Giving relatives a free hand in disciplining your children.
January 31, 2007 11:14pm CST
When our kids were small, we had some relatives who lived with us for a time. I noticed one day that they were taking too much liberty in disciplining our kids like shouting and sometimes whipping. They are my wife's relatives so I talk with my wife to tell them that if ever they have a problem with the kids, they should talk to me instead. I want them to stop what they were doing. Unfortunately they took that badly and accused me of spoiling my children and teach them to be disrespectful to the elders. That became a bone of contention and after a few weeks, they left. Do you agree with what I have done? do you have full trust in your relatives enough to let them discipline your children?
• United States
1 Feb 07
I think you did the right thing. These are YOUR kids, not your relatives so you have the right to decide how they are going to be raised, disciplined, etc...not your relatives. I wouldn't want other people shouting and whipping my kids especially when I don't do that myself. I think if they have a problem, they should come to you. They should respect you as the parent.