Sept. 11, 2019

Managing the Grandparent Relationship

What do we do when our parents overindulge our kids? Or undermine our parenting choices in front of them? What about when our parents don't seem interested in our kids at all? Here’s how to create grandparent relationships that work for everyone.


What should we as parents do when the well-meaning grandparents in our lives are overindulgent of their grandchildren? Or undermine our parenting choices?

And what do we do with our own hurt feelings when our parents don't seem very interested in our kids at all?

In this episode we talk about how to create a grandparent relationship that works for everyone. It's worth the effort. Take it from our friend Belinda Luscombe, who when it comes to navigating this relationship, reminds us of the ever-present upside:

"Don't let the opportunity of getting to know your in-laws or parents in a different way pass you by."

Here are links to some writing on the topic that we discuss in this episode:

Susan Newman, Ph.D: Little Things Mean a Lot: Creating Happy Memories With Your Grandchildren

Jaycee Dunn for Parents: What to Do About Uninvolved Grandparents

Jo Piazza for Parents: From Toxic Mother to Loving Grandmother: How I Learned to Forgive My Mom After My Son Was Born

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