Things You Should Never Say

Make sure you memorize this list, so you don't get caught saying these things grandparents should never say to their grandchildren.

Crazy Grandmother

Slips of the tongue are a grandparent's provenance

'I agree with you, darling. I think a snake would be a wonderful pet. Don't worry, I'll talk to your parents.'

Regardless of the animal or reptile involved, you're on a slippery slope. Obviously you are being used as a flying wedge. Stay out of it.

'When you're in my house, you can do anything you want.'

This is a no-no, unless your grandchild is auditioning for the new reality show 'America's Dumbest Activities.'

'Mommy tells me she wants you to go on a diet. Really! You're not that fat.'

Okay to say to your evil co-worker. Never to your chubby grandchild.

'For a boy, you have the most beautiful eyelashes.'

Alternatively, if addressing your granddaughter, avoid saying, 'For a girl, you're really big-boned.'

'You know, your mommy and daddy used to drink a great deal when they were younger.'

If this were a football game the comment would draw a flag on the play. The offending grandparent will receive a 15-yard penalty and a possible season suspension.

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Comments on "10 Worst things to say to your grandchild"

@Anna December 04, 2013 | 7:44 PM

@Anna: I think they're saying you can comment on their appearance, but leave the gender out-ie simply You have the most lovely long eyelashes, no gender mentioned. (Unless it's just rude-as in calling them bigboned) Yay for not raising your grand/children in constrictive, limiting gender norms!

Dee May 13, 2013 | 6:10 AM

My grandad likes whining a lot about "his day" and how everything was so much better and this country is going to the dogs etc I find it really annoying because every conversation turns into that OTL

kellyn3 September 17, 2012 | 12:51 PM

My Gran used to be terrible in guilt-tripping me and my brother into staying longer at her house when we were younger and said stuff like "oh it must mean you don't love me anymore." Got really annoyed at her for it.

Anna November 05, 2009 | 9:29 PM

Maybe I'm missing the point here, but whats wrong with pointing out a boys long eyelashes? Please do not press gender norms on my children. That would make me pretty upset no matter who you are.

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