Shanna - posted on 11/19/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )
I am a divorced mom, my ex husband's parents see my daughter once a week on weekends. They are decent people however each have some habits I am not fond of. The Grandmother use to be a school teacher so often bosses people around instead of asking for their attention and the Grandfather is a pushy ass. Sadly my five year old daughter has been picking up on their worst habits. Both her father and I have tried talking to them about this, but the Grandmother throws herself into a teary fit and locks herself in the bathroom no matter how nice we try to be about it and than that just sends her husband into a yelling fit at us.
At first I didn't realize how much my daughter's bad behaviors were coming from them until last month were they only were able to see her one weekend because of illness. My daughter became a very different and respectful person...than they saw her and she became a belligerent, rude, and inattentive girl who thought it was funny to do unsafe things.
It has finally come to a point were I don't want her spending time with them...
What influence do your parents/your spouse's parents have on your children? How do you deal with it? And what would you do in my shoes?