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.
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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