What do you do if you see a parent berating a child?

I was reading an article “Life’s 25 Toughest Questions ANSWERED!” published on the March 2006 issue of Reader’s Digest. One of the questions is:

What do you do if you see a parent berating a child?

Answer (in RD): “Take a deep breathe. If you truly believe you can help the situation, approach as someone showing sympathy – not as an accuse or member of parent police. Empathize with the overstressed parent. Suggest that he/she take a deep breath. Tell him it worked for you“.

I was curious to know the answer since I really wasn’t sure what I would do in this situation. Well, after reading the answer RD gives, not only I think it’s a good answer, it actually make me think about myself sometimes berating my own child!!

Now I have a answer to another question of myself: What should I do if I am about to berate my child?

Take a deep breath!!

[tags]parenting advice[/tags]

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