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Classof65

Parents are reluctant to discipline their children in public now for fear that someone will characterize their behavior as abusive and will either interfere or will call 911.

In my opinion, a smack to the child's bottom is NOT abusive and is called for in many of the instances you have just described. It didn't hurt us as children and it definitely got our attention. The alternative is to take a time out, singling out the miscreant from the group and telling him that his behavior will result in leaving the attraction early.

How would you have handled the situation?

Megan

Parenting is very hard, we do feel like we are constantly being looked at, assessing every move we make. Monitored. That's what it feels like.

And I have really good kids who are pretty respectful well trained for the most part.

I experience the same things you have in many public settings. I don't understand it.

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