I feel horrible for disciplining another persons child....
My son is 2 and we had a 5 year old over. My son's birthday just pasted and he was playing in the living room when the 5 year old was over. Child asked if he could go play I said that was fine. Kid was sweet at first. The dad was talking to my husband (they are friends and he stopped by to wish our 2 yr old happy birthday) and I was watching the kids. Well I have a newborn as well so I was rocking him. The child kept taking toys away from my 2 year old and saying "he wont let me play" I talked to both boys in general saying "Please share the toys there is enough for the both of you" I was also talking to my son most of the time reminding him that he needs to share and that it is okay if the boy was playing with the toys. This guy is still talking to my husband in the dinning room. He hears them struggling for 45 minutes over the toys. He tells the child to be nice, to play nice, etc. The child refuses to listen. My 2 yr old had a matchbox car in his hand and was trying to play with the 5 year old on the race track he has. 5 minutes go by and the 5 year old his still pitching a fit that my 2 year old is trying to play with him. I explained that he is 2 and just trying to play with him (5 yr old). Finally the 5 year old tries to yank a car right out of my childs hand! I "snap". I didnt raise my voice, didnt approach the child. I held my hand out and asked for the car from the 5 year old. That he shouldnt be yanking toys that my son was playing with. He started to fight with me at this point saying he was playing with the car. I asked him again to please give me the car that if they couldnt share then I want the car. I had to say this 4 times. I never moved. He came and gave me the car and went back to play. I wasnt paying any attention to the father just kept watching and interacting with the kid. I heard him telling my husband that he bought the 5 year old had a large soda from McDonalds and he had to refill it twice because the child sucked it down. I thought to myself... wow this kid must be on one hell of a sugar high.
They left about 30 minutes later and my husband tells me that the father had this shocked look on his face when I took the car from the 5 year old. Now I feel so freaking bad. I asked my husband was I wrong. He didnt think so. But now I dont know... I dont feel that I stepped outta bounds. But I feel that the father should have had better control over his 5 year old and came to get him once he heard the fighting for 45 minutes. I kept waiting for him to do something.
Bash if you wish but I wont answer that. I just want to know what YOU would have done. Would you have let the 5 year old keep taking your childs toys away from him or would you have done the same thing??