When grandparents come: Is it all candy & TV?
Sometimes I have a hard time believing that I came from my parents. Could it be possible that our approaches could be so different?
We limit sugar in our family. It just makes sense. The sugar makes little people go bonkers until wee hours of the night. We aren't a no-sugar household, just a moderated-sugar household. When it comes to screen time, we use it on occassion, but not all the time.
When the grandparents whisk into town, it seems that the kids are always clutching a bag of gummis or a sucker. It seems that there's always the background noise of "kung fu panda" or "nikelodeon". We have had words with grandparents, asking them not to give the kids candy or plop them in front of a screen all day, but it lands on deaf ears. It must be their age.
Do we just pretend we don't see our kids discolored tongues from the daily lollipops? Do we pretend we can't see the unending glare of the TV screen? How do you handle how grandparents handle your kids if it differs from your approach?