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September 15, 2020 Tuesday 12:44:15 PM IST

Avoid Parent-Grand Parent Conflicts

Parent Interventions

When disagreements between parents and grandparents over raising children intensifies and major strife ensues, parents are likely to limit the time children see the grandparents, according to a finding by CS Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at Michigan Medicine. The disputes commonly involve discipline (57%), meals (44%) and TV or screen Time (36%). Other thorny subjects: manners, safety and health treating some grandchildren differently than others and sharing photos or information on social media. Discipline was the major contention between parents and grandparents. Nearly half of the parents said disagreements arise from grandparents being both too lenient and overly harsh. The research finding is indicative of the need for grandparents  to support  parents in the difficult job of raising children but avoid escalating a conflict to the point where they risk losing time with their grandchildren.