Please help with immature ranting Grandfather / parenting boundries

Elizabeth - posted on 03/28/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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In potty training my son, I do not want to over talk it and my husband and I allow him the control to decide when he is going to go to the potty. I've communicated this to my mom and her friend(whom my son calls grandpa but is not my father). The other day "grandpa" talked about going to the potty repeatedly and of course my son refused to go. I asked him to refrain from talking about going to the potty to my son. He raised his voice at me in front of my son and was having a hissy fit (not his first one). I asked him to please lower his voice or he could go home. Of course he continued to rant and provoked me to argue back while he gathered his things to leave. All I ask is that they follow the guidelines my husband and I choose in how to potty my son. (An hour after they left and NO talking about poop my son went on his own.) My Mom continues to blame me and tells me how sad she is that I am disrespecting THEM when I just need for them to respect my parenting boundries. I don't know what to do. She wont talk about it and ignores me and I dread days that they come over. Advice??

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Dove - posted on 03/28/2013

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Don't have them come over anymore. They need to respect YOU as your son's mother or it will hurt and confuse him. Maybe you can meet with them without your son and let them know that you want them to be a part of your son's life, but you will not tolerate them disrespecting you and your parenting. Set up boundaries that YOU are comfortable with and if they can't respect that.... they don't need to be around unless/until they can.

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Elizabeth - posted on 03/29/2013

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Thank you. Good idea to try and talk to them without my son around. I'm going to try that. We'll see what happens....

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