Everyone knows that grandparents tend to spoil their grandchildren. It's something most parents know. But what happens when grandparents take it too far?
In a recent advice column, one parent struggles with the habits her mother-in-law has set up with her toddler. In the article, the mom explains that as soon as her mother-in-law shows up, she uses her phone to amuse her 16 month old granddaughter. As many parents of young children know, pediatricians recommend almost zero screen time for kids under the age of 2.
This situation has created a problem with the parents of the toddler. When the grandmother arrives, the child has now been trained to search out the phone. And when the child doesn't get the phone, she starts to throw a tantrum (typical toddler behavior). And even when the parents can successfully start distracting the child, the mother-in-law/grandmother would still take out her phone to amuse the child.
On today's podcast, Doug & Jenn discuss the issue...and Doug chimes in with his take.