I was watching the news this morning and saw a segment on the news about a project called “One Kind Word.” The project is “designed to give people (particularly, retail employees) the words and actions to offer support to parents and children who are having a tough time and to help defuse parent-child conflicts” the web site says.
The web site also says “Most parents, on most days can take a tantrum in stride; but sometimes the stress can be too great, and the parent reacts inappropriately – yelling at, belittling, or even slapping a child.”
Is it okay that a complete stranger, who may have a limited understanding of a particular parent-child situation, should step in and possibly make the situation worse? Who can be the judge of whether or not a parent is acting inappropriately? We all have different measuring sticks for this issue. Comments?