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Getting Along with Other Parents

Sometimes we all need a little reminder when it comes to treating our friends with respect.

By
Cherylyn Feierabend,
Episode #069

Hey there! You’re listening to the Mighty Mommy with some quick and dirty tips for practical parenting.

This week I’ll be talking all about moms getting together and getting along. I don’t want to discriminate against dads though. These tips are for anyone who is spending time with other parents with or without the kids around. It’s nice to know that we have other parents to count on for support, but sometimes we all need a little reminder when it comes to treating our friends with respect.

Respect your fellow parents. It seems so simple, yet it doesn’t always happen. Moms have playgroups, PTOs, kids’ sports events, and field trips to attend with many other parents. And the worst part? You may not get along with everyone. This happens almost anytime you have large groups of people gathering together repeatedly. You don’t have to like everyone and everyone doesn’t have to like you, but being a good role model is a key element in raising respectful, tolerant children. Even if you don’t have good chemistry with someone or feel like you just don’t like them, I encourage you to be respectful and courteous, especially in front of the kids. The Golden Rule is the best reminder when dealing with someone who may be a source of frustration for you. Treat others the way you’d like them to treat you, and you’ll rarely go wrong.

When you are in a setting where your children are socializing with others, it’s important to remember that everyone has different child rearing methods. You can’t assume that your discipline or leniency is going to be the same as another parent’s. You should never discipline other people’s children unless they are in your care. If a child is in immediate danger, you should absolutely take action to stop the activity; otherwise you are better off advising the parent directly.

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Cherylyn Feierabend
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