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9 Things In-Laws Sometimes Say to Kids That Parents Find Really Hard to Tolerate



Grandparents are called the backbone of the family. They support, advise and hold it together. After parents, if someone loves the kids, it’s the grandparents. However, they have their eccentricities too, which might upset you and make you question their wisdom.

My husband’s parents are awesome people, and I share a wonderful equation with them. And, they love my daughter like their own child. If something happens to me and my hubby, they are the people I would like to entrust my daughter with. However, there are times when I get exasperated with their behaviour, especially when it concerns my child. I understand where it’s coming from, but still get upset.

I am sure, I am not alone, and there are many mothers sailing in the same boat. Here are 5 things in-laws sometimes say to kids that parents find really hard to tolerate.

You don’t eat vegetables. We ate whatever was given to us. We could never say we don’t like this or that to our parents.

That’s hitting below the belt. Believe me, I don’t like it either. I know it’s a problem, and I am trying my best to fix it.

You have become so thin!

It may be directed to my child, but actually it’s a veiled accusation at me, the mother, saying that you ignore your daughter and her dietary needs. No wonder, she looks so skinny. Of course, I can’t say that to them on their face. So, I only say with a smile of course – the doctor says she is absolutely fine for her age.

I have brought a lollipop for you.

What timing!! Why, oh, why, did you need to say that just while she was having her meal? The appetite is gone, and all she wants now is that lollipop!

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