So apparently, children’s rudeness and lack of manners is all down to lazy parenting, say grandmothers.
I laughed so much at this I practically wet myself. I find my children
are at their rudest and laziest after a visit to their grandparents.
I swear I send them off as pretty decent small human
beings, capable of holding their own forks and asking to go to the
toilet, and yet they return as regressed, demonic versions of their
I have to spend the next week resetting them with the
help of naughty-steps, reward charts and no chocolate. Oh yes, and lots
of shouting “Well you are not at nanny’s house now!”
For our children, nanny’s house is a parallel universe
where the words “no” and “not right now” do not exist. It’s a world
where even standing up unaided warrants a round of applause and demands
of an encore.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining. I’ve learned
that not everyone is going to look after my children the way I do. But
that is OK. I am just grateful for the break.
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