I'll try not to be too judgy about this, but I want opinions. I was at Walmart today and saw something that disturbed me a LOT.
I was in produce and saw this little girl (must have been about 3) playing with some apples. She seemed to be all alone until I saw this older girl (maybe about 8 yrs old) walk up to her. She had this displeased look on her face as she snatched the apples out of her hands. The older girl then proceeded to put the apples back, wind back far with one hand and smack the little girl on the rump! The mother emerged and watched this all from a distance. The older girl dragged the little girl screaming to the shopping cart where the woman was standing and waiting patiently.She did nothing.They just calmly moved to the next aisle. Just totally ignored that her older daughter had just hit her younger sibling (and she hit that kid pretty hard), and now the little one was screaming and crying, basically making a scene.
Do you allow older siblings to discipline their younger siblings? Or is this your responsiblity?Does the age difference matter?
I used to spank my niece and my nephew. But my niece was never allowed to spank her brother and i never spanked my sister. I wouldn't let my older kids spank my younger kids. As a parent, or caregiver, that's an authority position. Siblings is not. It's not their job or responsibility.
Hell no. I tell my soon-to-be five year old that he cant even tell my two year old what to do because it's my job. If I caught my eight year old spanking the little one she'd get two swats right there in front of everyone-thats saying a lot for me because discipline is a private matter in my household. If she thinks she has the right to humiliate and strike her sister, she'll get a taste of her own medicine. It'll be the last time she ever does it or punishment will be less immediate and more severe. (Not as in physical but as in loss of priveleges, etc.)