My parents spoil my children too much! Why are my parents more lenient with my kids than they were with me? These are the endless, quiet battlefronts between parents and grandparents.
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My husband and I felt the same way when our parents would spoil our daughter silly.We would come home and find our daughter with a new toy or dressed up in a new dress. This was very frustrating.
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After reading a few articles o line and reading forums posts on parenting sites about this, I came to realize a few reasons why our parents do what they do. Here are some insights:
- They only see their grandchild a few times a year – Sometimes we get married and decide to move away from our parents, sometimes very far away. Although this is a natural way of life, it leaves the grandparents yearning for time with their grandchildren. And so, when they come to visit, our parents tend to give their love, full attention and “anything” our kids wants. I remember when my grandparents did the same to me.
- They see “a much younger version” of us in our kids – Our parents can see a smaller version of us, the child they love and took care of, in our children. This brings back the happy memories of us growing up.
- They love our children –Being our parents, they love their grandchild! Because we love our kids, our parents will love them also. That's just it.
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So, give you parents a break, let them enjoy their grandchildren. Now my mother is taking my daughter to look at some girl party dresses for an upcoming party. I am sure she will have a great time with grandma!
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