|When did sharing and playdates get so complicated?|
What's worse, what if your own child starts acting noticeably different after a playdate with such a friend? Katie is really good about saying please, thank you, waiting her turn, etc., but after playing with some of my friends' kids, she seems to "forget" how to do these things. Granted, it is a temporary amnesia, but I don't like it (enough so that I have considered not allowing Katie to play with these kids on a regular basis). [Yes, I know this sounds really over-the-top, so keep me in check here].
I guess the bottom line question is...is it OK to discipline someone else's kids? I feel like it's not really my place to talk to other parents' kids about sharing, but I don't want to give my own daughter the impression that it's OK, either. I think I can honestly say that I'd want the other parent to warmly, but sternly correct my child if she were the one who was not sharing/hitting, etc. I'm not fooling myself into thinking Katie hasn't done some of these things on occasion; I just think I'm usually there to correct her on the spot.
As a teacher, I was able to be unbiased, so I could correct kids without thinking twice about it. But now that it's my own child and someone else's, I'm stuck.
Thanks for sharing! I'm dying to hear how you handle these situations!