Parenting expert weighs in on the debate of when it's okay to discipline another's child

Mail Online | 7/22/2014 | Emilia Mazza For Daily Mail Australia
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Most parents discipline their children when they misbehave and often a stern talking to or time out is all that's required for them to fall back in line.

But what happens when it's someone else's child who is behaving badly and their mum and dad is not there to take charge?

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Australian parenting expert and father-of-six Dr Justin Coulson was asked by a mum if she was right to intervene in a disagreement between her son and another child.

'The short answer is "Heck Yes!" Dr Coulson wrote on his blog.

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'We have a responsibility to discipline other people’s kids – particularly when they're not doing it themselves.'

While the expert and author notes there are a raft of opinions and views surrounding the discussion, he believes discipline was more about instruction than punishment.

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'It [discipline] derives from the word Latin word, disciplina, which means instruction or knowledge,' he explained.

'This puts an alternative spin on things! Disciplining is not about punishing, it is about teaching, whether it’s our child or somebody else’s child.

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'And if done correctly, with gentleness and kindness, most parents would welcome another parent teaching their child about the right way...
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