Grandparents: The 10 oops 12! commandments

 

Grandparents. You got to love them. Although they all vary on the “how supportive” spectrum, one thing’s for sure – they’ve been there, done that, got the “I know best” t-shirt.

Obviously, having your little one staying with your grandparents and the subsequent me or quality time that ensues is like gold dust, and for that I am forever grateful. However, this period of freedom is not without slightly irksome behavior which leaves you inwardly rolling your eyes at THAT happening again. You know, those slightly annoying things that you just bite your lip about – otherwise known as the 12 commandments of grandparents:

  1. Thou shall totally laugh in the face of any sleeping or eating routine
  1. Thou shall dispense snacks, particularly biscuits, at the most inappropriate time, so as to confound meal time eating opportunities
  1. Thou shall conjure up the most suspect of meal concotions, because you forgot it was mealtime, including forgetting to include any vegetables
  1. Thou shall sneakily cut hair when mummy is not looking because you are holier than thou
  1. Thou shall dig out crusty hand me downs, ensuing an overall look of gypsy chic
  1. Thou shall promptly disregard any instructions given by mummy or daddy and do it your way
  1. Thou shall bundle up little one in ridiculous amounts of layers, regardless of time of year, combining gypsy with Michelin man chic
  1. Thou shall partake in crazy razzing up before bedtime
  1. Thou shall leave the TV on ALL DAY for grandchild to watch
  1. Thou shall insist that little one can have a proper nap in pram or car, only to find that little one only slept for 45 mins and later is a total mess
  1. Thou shall laugh at the notion of black out blinds, only to subsequently be woken up with the birds
  1. Thou shall disregard the bigger picture and obsess about banalities like – what? You give her cold milk? And what? She didn’t do a poo this morning? as if said little one might explode from those minor happenings

What are your pet peeves about grandparenting? Go on, do the dirty and share them here…

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33 comments

  1. This is brilliant lol I can so relate lol! When they visit nana it’s like : nana’s rules are the best.
    Watch anything on the telly…
    Stay up late….
    Eat treats anytime…
    Play on the iPad the whole time they are there!!!
    It’s very much annoying lol

  2. OMG this is AMAZING! Just, yes!

    I’d like to add a couple (oh and totally agree with 6, 7 & 12!) what is this obsession with wrapping them up for snowy weather when it’s warm? No matter how many times I tell them it’s so much more dangerous for them to overheat than be cold, they still do it 😛 I’ve been sent back in the house just after I’ve locked up before, to get 3 blankets, a rain cover and an umbrella on a HOT DAY!

    How about…

    13. Thou shalt always make the baby sleep on them, leaving them incapable of napping their cot for days after.
    14. Thou shalt judge mummy or daddy for giving their baby food from a pouch
    15. Thou shalt frequently refer to themselves as mummy or daddy, despite being grandparents, because they keep forgetting and they’re creatures of habit
    16. Thou shalt swear in front of the baby, despite frequently reminding them not to

    Gosh, I really could go on 😛

    #MummyMonday
    Really did love this post 🙂
    Georgina

  3. Hahaha, I could have written this post! Very true! We’ll have our own turn eventually, at least that’s how I get through it! #mummymonday

  4. Haha, love this. We’ve only had limited Grandparent exposure thus far but I have no doubt, especially the biscuits and sleeping. I’ve already been told they wont stand for crying at bedtime…

    #mummymondays

  5. Yessss! Every. single. one. I might also add taking small children out for a drive without a car seat because ‘it never did us any harm’. 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #thetruthabout – I’m sure a lot of people will relate to this! X

    • Hahah oh my gosh that reminds me when our little girl was born we lived in Asia for 12 months and basically never used a car seat because NOBODY did. Obviously I look back and that now and totally shudder! x

  6. Love this! My parents have never watched my kids; my father hasn’t even met them! My ex-husband’s parents, though, have watched the children, sometimes had them visit for several weeks. I must give credit to my ex-mother-in-law, though. When she insisted on waking one of my girls on her first birthday for cake, she confessed later that it had been the wrong thing to do. M cried through the entire party and refused to try the cake.

    Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday.

  7. I absolutely love this!! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who suffers these at the hands of grandparents!! My parents in law always give the kids chocolate and biscuits at the most inappropriate times and the TV is always on with the programmes I don’t allow! X

  8. My MIL let my kids watch 8 out of 10 cats when they were somewhere between 6 and 11 ish, they ended up telling her they didn’t think they were supposed to be watching it!
    It can be a bit of a difficult tightrope to walk sometimes, I suspect they are just doing their best and very little deliberate sabotage is happening!

  9. This is so funny!! Some of these we haven’t really come across, but others are so very true!! My favourite, recently, was when I was unable to take the pushchair with me (our son is 3 so doesn’t really use it much any more) as it was still in daddy’s car, only to be told “I knew that would happen!” When I asked why they didn’t think to remind me to check the car, I was told “that’s your responsibility, not mine!” In that case then, graciously accept that I didn’t think it was that big a deal and avoid pointing out my flaws 😉

  10. Not sure if my last attempt went through as I messed up my password when trying to comment, so apologies if this is a duplicate message!

    This is so funny!! Some of these we haven’t really come across, but others are so very true!! My favourite, recently, was when I was unable to take the pushchair with me (our son is 3 so doesn’t really use it much any more) as it was still in daddy’s car, only to be told “I knew that would happen!” When I asked why they didn’t think to remind me to check the car, I was told “that’s your responsibility, not mine!” In that case then, graciously accept that I didn’t think it was that big a deal and avoid pointing out my flaws 😉

    Thanks for popping over for #MBPW

  11. Haha… too true!

    I have an extra one… Thou shalt not feed baby lying down, making her projectile vomit on her when upright #BadNanna

  12. Oh you are so right can’t beat having the grandparents wrangling the children but oh the pay backs when we get the kids back too. Too much sweets, having napped, and grumpy toddlers screaming but Granny lets me do it. lol I know it well. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  13. This is such a funny post, so I feel a bit bad saying that we haven’t had any problems with both sets of the grandparents. They stick to our routines and rules and entertain them far better than we do!
    Thanks for linking up with #SundayStars

  14. Heheee!! I love my parents and in-laws to bits but I have to say a couple of these really do ring true (don’t want to incriminate myself, so won’t say which 😉 !) xx Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

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