Being a parent is hard. I don't want to do it alone.
That's why I don't mind it when other adults, now and then, reprimand my child. Not everybody agrees with me. Including some of my friends.
I was at a party and my daughter was wandering a little too close to the edge of a balcony that had just enough room for her to slip down -- if she squeezed herself through. I had my eye on her and was about to grab her and pull her away from the edge, when another party guest intercepted her. He got down on one knee, held her by the shoulders, and gave her a pretty stern scolding.
I quickly went over to the guy and took my daughter away for a one-on-one talk. She was pretty shaken up. I explained to her that the man was very worried about her and didn't want her to get hurt. I explained that yes, the man didn't tell her in the nicest way, but he meant well.
Then a friend of mine pulled ME aside and said I should be furious at that guy, A) for touching my daughter in the first place, and B) for doling out discipline.
Granted, I wasn't pleased with the guy's approach -- but I was happy that I wasn't the only one who cared about the safety of my child. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once said "It takes a village," and I agree. Sometimes the village is a Target. Sometimes it's a park playground. As a society, we should be watching out for ALL children -- not just our own. And kids should know that too. Even a disapproving look from a fellow shopper when my kid is having a tantrum -- not only is the tantrum unacceptable to Mom, it's unacceptable to others.
Do not misunderstand. I take full responsibility for parenting. I do not use other people to watch after my child. But nobody can have their eyes on their kids every single minute. If you say you can, I'm sorry, but you're not being honest ... and I only want honest people in my village.