Dear Abby's column of June 25 contained a query from grandparents who don't like for the grandchildren to run and wrestle in their home. Signing themselves "Concerned in Texas," the grandparents asked, "Is it okay to set different rules in our home than they have in their home?"
Abby reassured the Texas grandparents: "Absolutely, and without question it is your place to establish the rules of conduct in your household!"
Most of my grandparent friends do have a few rules for their grandkids that may not be enforced in the grandkids' homes. Here are some of the most popular:
- No eating or drinking except at the table
- No electronic devices at the table
- No TV during meals
- No climbing on the furniture or jumping on the bed
- No roughhousing in the house
What are your house rules for grandkids? Do you have difficulty with enforcement? Do the grandkids' parents support your rules? Leave a comment below.