Moms take to Twitter to debate whether it's ever ok to discipline other people's children
Being a parent is tough. And if you're the mother in the situation, not only are you saddled with a veritable parasite for nine months, but you're also responsible for expelling it. And if you can bear to think back to those mandatory childbirth videos we were forced to watch back in school, you'll understand that the process of getting yourself a brand new human being is no walk in the park.
And yeah, while you emerge with a little bundle of joy, it doesn't get any easier... until they leave home at the age of 18. Mothers in particular, are shamed for every little decision they make in regards to their children - especially when it comes to the matter of discipline.
Certainly, everyone has different ideas and methods when it comes to disciplining their kids - if they choose to do so at all - but one subject which recently had Twitter up in arms was whether it's ever ok to reprimand other people's children.
A woman named Judi appeared on ITV's This Morning to argue that she should be able to discipline other people's children if they're in her home, but naturally, this assertion proved to be rather contentious.
"If the child is in my house, and I think the people that I associate with, the friends, the family, they would already know. You have the same kind of parenting - it's the circle you hang around with," she asserted. "If a child is in my home, my vicinity, and I'm the responsible adult, I think it's appropriate for me to say 'look, you've done something wrong, that's not acceptable in my home, and I don't think your parents would be very happy with that' and then I would also inform the parents."
However, it was television personality Nicola McClean's take on the matter which incensed the people of Twitter . She held the belief that she should be the only person allowed to reprimand her kids - not even their teachers at school.
One mother took to social media to write, "I'm sorry but if my child is being naughty or unruly at my friends house then I give them my full support to give them trouble! It's pretty pointless sending them home 3 hours later to be punished!" while another corroborated "Teaches the child nothing but that they can pretty much get away with it!"
Others, however, were supportive of Nicola's parenting methods. "Totally agreed with everything you said on this morning. Our children, our responsibility, our right to parent them our way," one stated.
Another added "I understand sitting down with a child and explaining what has been done wrong and why they shouldn't do it. But, no one should make my child upset by shouting at them. Children (in my personal experience) react better when spoken and involved, not talked down to shouted at."
Well, where do you stand on the matter?