OKAY...Why are we Hemming and Hawing about this woman's parenting skills?
She isn't even participating in this thread!!!! This is getting a little silly...yk?
I think the only thing that anyone here disagrees about is whether or not the child should have had parent imposed consequence in this situation.
I haven't seen anyone say that they wouldn't talk to their child about it if this happened. Someone punishing or imposing consequences on their child does not automatically equate to "not getting to the root of the problem". I would imagine that one can do both, yes?
When you go through and read this whole thread most everyone is pretty much saying the same thing...
Obviously this is a situation where there has probably been less than optimal parenting in the past, and this child is not getting his needs met. He ran away, which is alarming for most of us on this board. But isn't this EXACTLY why we are all trying to find a better way (GD)?
We are basically preaching to the choir here!
I don't think what this Mom did was GD, and I don't think that anyone is saying it is.
I also don't think it is outrageous to keep a kid home from a birthday party, esp since she was probably worried that he would take off from the party (is that SO far fetched??!!).
And the Mama that we are talking about isn't even participating in this thread