Q: The other day, I was in line at the grocery store when I overheard a woman reprimanding her teenage son for the way that he had behaved earlier in the day. She was neither quiet nor discrete in scolding him; in fact, the cashier and I exchanged a glance acknowledging the uncomfortable situation. Is there etiquette related to this kind of thing?
A: As a parent, you are, of course, responsible for letting your child know when his or her actions have been inappropriate or disrespectful. But do so in private after the heat of the situation dwindles and you are home in a secure spot. Showing your child this respect will win you points – and will teach him or her respect.