Parenting is difficult as it stands, and moms and dads tend to look for support where they can, whether that is from one another or friends, family and perhaps even a co worker or two, even if it is just advice, all the way up to baby sitting.
What tends to frustrate parents is when they begin to set expectations and put forth the authority that they deem necessary, only to have someone undermine that ruling. Typically, you don't see that from the likes of friends or co workers, as they'll essentially tow the line for you if they've been asked to watch your kids.
But the one variable that tends to challenge parents more so than the kids themselves are the grandparents, most notably when you've asked them specifically to not do something yet they do it anyway.
Some argue that it is just the way grandparents are; they'll be told not to give kids ice cream before bed or allow them to stay up past a certain point, and they do it anyway. As a child, you look at grandparents and staying with them as more of a mini vacation where you can eat what you want, stay out longer and have more liberties than you would with mom and dad.
That mentality is faltering lately as parents are now expecting their grandparents to add continuity to what they've already started, and refrain from altering how discipline and rules are being administered.
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