So I find myself sitting among a young family of five and the husband is trying desperately to calm one of his daughters down while the wife is wrangling the other children. One is a boy about 5 and the second daughter is about 7. It is the youngest daughter about 4 that is disturbing the peace...and my study time for a presentation with a client.
So the wife, to my surprise asks me what I would do. I look at the husband, almost seeking permission to be accepted into this conversation, only to see a blank steer of, 'go for it', expression.
Carefully, I interjected. If you permit the youngest to get away with her tirade, the others will get you on the rebound. To which the wife grabbed the child took her into the bathroom and never a word nor sound was uttered for the rest of the trip. Not bad for the village concept of raising a child.