Are Rules The Same At The Grandparents' House?

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Sarah Cody

Mommy Minute

10:41 AM EDT, September 18, 2012


I was at a birthday party this summer when a woman walked up to me, aware that I write a parenting column.  "I have a good topic for you," she said.  "I babysit for each of my children's kids on a regular basis.  And each of them have their own, different rules for the kids that I am supposed to follow.  And, I can't set my own rules!  I am not allowed to give treats for potty training, etc..."  Our conversation went on for several minutes, and, I had to admit, I didn't know the answer to her ultimate question:  When at the grandparents house, whose rules are the kids supposed to follow?  Mom and Dad's?  Or, Gram and Poppy's?

Well, according to this article, the grandparents have the right to dictate the rules in their own home.

That said, there is some wiggle room...and the article gives great tips for opening the lines of communication between the generations.

What do you think?

Has this been an issue in your family?

Grandparents!  We want to hear from you, too!