Unspoiling Your Children: How to Restore Family Rules After They Visit the Grandparents


Grandparents are great. It’s like they were created to love their grandchildren unconditionally and spoil the heck out of them. But let’s face it: it’s great to have grandparents involved in your child’s life, but it can be tough to restore the rules after the loving leniency that grandparents give.

Even if your child seems spoiled rotten after a visit from the grandparents, there are things you can do to remind your child that life isn’t going to be like that. The sooner you can reestablish the regular life with your rules, the better chance you have of your child respecting your decisions after a visit with the grandparents. Here are a few simple things you can do to restore the balance and unspoil your children.

Remind Them of the Rules

There is a 100% chance that after a visit from the grandparents, you will tell your child “no” and they will inevitably respond: “But granddad lets me do it.” It’s best to nip this in the bud as quickly as possible.

First, never speak ill of their grandparents: rather, tell them that they have a different way of looking at things and it wouldn’t be right to do so all of the time. This will help you child understand that there may be different sets of rules in life and that your rules are the most important. Of course, it’s easier said than done, but if you are firm and resilient, your child will listen.

Soon, the magical wonder of the grandparent’s visit will fade, and your child will have no problem listening to your rules.

Help Them Entertain Themselves

Another way you can help your child adapt to their grandparents leaving is to let them play by themselves. Children are very imaginative and they may get back into their everyday routine faster if they are left to their own devices.

One of the best ways to help your children entertain themselves is to get them into coloring. Coloring is a creative way to spend a morning or afternoon when there is nothing going on, and it helps to improve their concentration. You don’t even need to buy any supplies: this mandala coloring book app is free to download to your Android devices. So, if you have a tablet or phone, you can let your child color away without the mess.

Set a Schedule

You will need to get your child back on their regular schedule as quickly as possible. If their grandparents let them stay up later than usual or allowed them to eat things you don’t always approve of, you need to let it be known that those are not acceptable. The sooner you adhere to a schedule, the sooner your child will be re-acclimated to their normal lives.

If you do these simple things, your child should have no problem adjusting to life at home without their grandparents. All you’ll have to worry about is doing it all over again after the next visit!


[info_box type=”pale_box”]Maisie Gardner is a stay-at-home Mommy who is currently pregnant with her 3rd child. With 2 daughters already they’re hoping for a boy this time but will wait until delivery day to find out what they’re getting.[/info_box]

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