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General question, what about (non-grandparent/family) babysitters, if you use/will use them, especially as your young children get older? Would you feel comfortable allowing them to place your children in time out or similarly discipline the children? Or would you prefer that if it got to the point where the child needed a time out or stern discussion that they call you to come home instead?
__________________ Amy: Wife to my Handsome Husband Mommy to my superhero, Max (3) and Luckiest Bonus Mama to Sammy (5)
^When I babysat, people expected me to discipline. They outlined what I was to do (no corporal punishment allowed). If I called them every time their kid did something stupid/rotten/bad, they'd be jobless.
Mom to many
1 Girl 2011 and 1 Boy 2013. Their family is COMPLETE!
It depends on who I'm babysitting- if it's my nieces and nephews, I'm comfortable with swatting them on the butt if need be.
If it's a babysitting job, or nannying job, I put them in time-out, take away their toys, etc.
As for the original scenario... I would find out from the other mother what happened (If I was the mother of the teen who got yelled at) and compare the stories. I can't tell you how many times I've been accused of stuff like that, when it's nothing close to what really happened.
As for the mom getting pissy because you don't jump to her side... People who act like that irritate me.
If it's a non-family member then I would tell them how to discipline, and what to discipline for (I've had some friends who would get annoyed with the kids and discipline all willy nilly). If it was something major then I'd ask them to call me. I can't think of something major right now though, as my kids are only 4 and almost 2.
Mama to G, L & twins F & M
Started off 2013 homebirthing suprise twins Fia Celesta & Maddalena Isabella