I made a lot of judgements about parents disciplining in public, until I had kids and took them out in public. I try to minimize the stress of taking four kids out and about by prepping them on the way. No matter where we’re going, whether it’s a friend’s house or a restaurant, I use the drive to remind them about manners and possible outcomes if they don’t behave appropriately. I also follow through on those outcomes if that becomes necessary, and truthfully, it is not very often. Actually, some of the best disciplining I’ve done has been in public, most likely due to the pressure of being watched. One of the many quotes that inspires me is, “Parent in private like you do in public.” I don’t know the origin of this saying but it definitely resonates with me. In the following clip, Janis Keyser, discusses how disciplining in public can be successful.
Looking for more on discipline? Watch more footage of my interview with Janis Keyser:
Part 1: It’s A Process
Part 2: Transitions
Part 3: Time-outs
Part 5: Crying It Out #1
Part 6: Crying It Out #2
Part 7: Perfect Parenting Is Not the Goal
Are You A Rock Or Noodle When It Comes To Discipline?