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40 Things Grandparents Do That Parents Always Hate

Best Life Logo By Sarah Crow of Best Life | Slide 1 of 41: Having grandparents in your child’s life can be a major boon to the whole family—in addition to the attention, love, and free childcare they provide, having involved grandparents can help new parents navigate the often-difficult task of raising children. However, that doesn’t mean that every interaction between parents and grandparents is a peaceful one.“When grandkids make their appearance, it is all fun and games—for the grandparents, that is! Sometimes it can be hard for parents and grandparents to navigate situations together because their thought processes and goals on regarding the kid is very different,” says life coach and licensed mental health counselor Dr. Jaime Kulaga, Ph.D. “Once you become a grandparent, the situation has now shifted to where you can fully enjoy the child without as many responsibilities and the chaos you once had when you were raising your children. The relationship is often all about having fun, ‘being the good guy,’ and filling the child up with goodies and then sending them back home to mom.”And while having an adult who will ply you with toys and treats may seem like a dream come true to kids, it’s not always so well-received by parents. If you want to stay on the right side of your grandchild’s parents, it’s time commit these common offenses to memory—and avoid them at all costs. And if you're looking for some sage wisdom for the generation below, check out the 40 Parenting Hacks for Raising an Amazing Kid.

40 Things Grandparents Do That Parents Always Hate

Having grandparents in your child’s life can be a major boon to the whole family—in addition to the attention, love, and free childcare they provide, having involved grandparents can help new parents navigate the often-difficult task of raising children. However, that doesn’t mean that every interaction between parents and grandparents is a peaceful one.

“When grandkids make their appearance, it is all fun and games—for the grandparents, that is! Sometimes it can be hard for parents and grandparents to navigate situations together because their thought processes and goals on regarding the kid is very different,” says life coach and licensed mental health counselor Dr. Jaime Kulaga, Ph.D. “Once you become a grandparent, the situation has now shifted to where you can fully enjoy the child without as many responsibilities and the chaos you once had when you were raising your children. The relationship is often all about having fun, ‘being the good guy,’ and filling the child up with goodies and then sending them back home to mom.”

And while having an adult who will ply you with toys and treats may seem like a dream come true to kids, it’s not always so well-received by parents. If you want to stay on the right side of your grandchild’s parents, it’s time commit these common offenses to memory—and avoid them at all costs. And if you're looking for some sage wisdom for the generation below, check out the 40 Parenting Hacks for Raising an Amazing Kid.

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