Be firm and let them know that you must get to know your own baby and find out what works for you, and can't wait for your little one to spend time with grandma and grandpa when you and your partner are ready. Many parents-to-be find themselves dealing with overbearing grandparents even before your baby is born. But setting precedence now may help you when dealing with overbearing grandparents later down the road.
The relationship between children and grandparents is different than a parent-child relationship, so your toes are bound to be stepped upon once in a while when dealing with children and grandparents. Although grandparents want to help you, you need to let them know how. When it comes to rules for grandparents on parenting, let them know you appreciate their help and then clearly explain the rules you've set for your own family and your children.
Whether it's your parents overstepping their bounds or your partner's parents disregarding your wishes when it comes to your children, the most important rule is to stick together. When talking to grandparents on parenting topics or boundaries, sending a message that you and your partner are on the same side will avoid having either one of you look like the bad guy.
It's likely that their intentions are good, so be mindful of your parents' feelings when broaching the subject of rules for grandparents when it comes to your children. Even as an adult, your parents are still your parents, so it's second nature for them to try and tell you what to do, even when it comes to opinions on parenting.
Instead of reacting in the heat of the moment, take a deep breath and discuss your feelings with your partner before gently discussing it with your folks. It's best to maintain the relationship your children and grandparents have, because you never know when you'll need their advice on parenting!
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