Parenting: Is It Ever Okay to Intervene with Another Parent?

I have experienced first-hand how it feels to have another parent come up to me in public and offer some advice on how I should deal with my kids, and it did not feel good. So I have made the resolution to not do the same thing to other parents. I don’t want anybody to go through the same emotional trauma and embarrassment that I went through . This morning I read a discussion on “Dealing With Aggressive Parents,” and it made me realize that I cannot vow to completely lay off other parents’ actions and dealing with their children–especially when serious harm can happen to a child.

However, I do not want to be one of those parents who are quick to judge and confront other struggling parents. Drawing the line between acceptable and bad parenting behavior can be difficult. I believe that the best way to keep myself from inappropriately intervening with a parent is to put myself in the other person’s shoes and ask myself whether his/her actions are something that any parent (including myself) would have done.

Have you ever faced a situation where you felt you had to step in? What parenting behaviors do you think need intervening?