How do I Co-parent with Grandparents?

Tennille - posted on 08/24/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




I live with my parents, which comes with it's ups and downs.

Evan, my almost 16 month old son, has been throwing tantrums a lot lately. Most of the times it will because he cannot have his way. Let's say for example, I'm busy peeling veggies in the kitchen, he would then reach his hand out to the knife. I would then say "You cannot play with the knife my baby, here, take the wooden spoon". He would throw the biggest tantrum in the history of tantrums. I will then take him to his room where he can cry it out and I then plan to fetch him when he settles down but before I can even do that, either grandma or grandad show up like clockwork and tell me "You can't let him cry like that" then go and get him from his room and baby him. Most of the times I just want to scream at them but I also do not want to make them feel bad. I just keep coming back to the fact that I do not agree with what they do and they are making things hard for me because he will never listen to me if this persists. How do I go about this gently without offending them?


Lacye - posted on 08/24/2012




Just tell them that they would never have allowed you to act this way when you were a baby and your son is no different. He needs discipline just like you did when you were that age.

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