Your parents are the opposite of indulgent grandparents — stricter rules than yours, harsher scolding. Do you step in?

Parent advice

(from our panel of staff contributors)

If the grandparents’ attitudes and rules are negatively affecting their relationship with your kids — especially if the kids are avoiding their grandparents or dread spending time with them — you have to step in. As the parent, you have a lot of leverage to get grandparents to be a bit gentler in their dealings with your kids. But if your kids are griping about not being able to eat in front of the TV or no electronics at the dinner table, or having to help Grandma by taking out the trash, I think a weeklong stay (or maybe two weeks) would be in order.

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