Grandparents babysitting, is it a help or a hindrance?
As a new family, getting time together as a couple can be difficult. Made even harder by the fact we are a few hours from any sort of family. We have relied on nursery staff to do a bit of babysitting on an evening, which is fantastic to have on hand. But the inevitable work trip clash (especially when you work in the same industry) will crop up and it’s then when you have to make the call to…….the grandparents.
I have read many a blog post about grandparents causing annoyance in the early days with unwanted advice, yet none mentioned the unwritten rule that now their parenting turn is done, grandparents babysitting is all about fun!
However short your trip away is, you can guarantee you will return to find your little cherub replaced by the spawn of something less pleasant. Clearly all those things you weren’t allowed to do/say as a child were left at the front door on the way in. Your trip, whether business or pleasure, has been somewhat of a routine sabotage mission.
Upon your return, you will be thankful that your child’s head isn’t turning 360, or that there is crayon on any of the surfaces (sigh of relief), but you can be sure that it will take you the best part of a week to get your little cherub back.
Whether is was the length of bathtimes, eating habits, toilet habits or phrases, little horrors await you at your every turn. The first bathtime is like a scene from a horror movie. That lovely bedtime story has now been role reversed. I’m in no doubt both parties had a fabulous time, but grandparent babysitting can leave an aftermath that you’ll be cleaning up for days to come.
What was meant to be a parenting help, turned into a parenting nightmare.
I can’t wait to get my Munchie back.
What rules do your parents/in laws break that drive you wild?