‘Parents need all the support they can get’
Dolores Andrew- gavin ,51, is a children’s author. She lives in Galway, Ireland, with husband Sean, 54,and sons Conal, 14, and Iarlaith, nine.
My lively sons Conal and Iarlaith play-fight a lot, whether it’s with toy swords or just a bit of rough and tumble. But when things get out of hand I’ll tell them off. And that’s how I am with any child that I may see misbehaving – whether that’s in my house or just out in the park. if teasing becomes nasty, or i see one child push another over, i’d definitely step in and say that’s not a nice way to behave. Why would i sit back and watch it escalate? i believe that parents have a responsibility to look out for all children, not just their own. And i’d have no issue with someone telling off my child if they were doing something wrong or putting themselves in danger and my eyes weren’t on them at that exact moment – i’d actually thank them for caring so much! After all, parents need all the support they can get. some parents don't like disciplining their kids – as though if you tell them off it'll be detrimental, when it’s letting them get away with things that causes children more damage in the long term.