The Truth About Kids and Money: Grandparent Spoiling
- “Do you want money for your MoneyCube? Here you go, let me empty my wallet!”
- “Grammy, can you order me XYZ on Amazon?”…..”Sure, sweet boy, it will arrive tomorrow!”
- “Mimi, can we go to Dick’s to get MORE sports stuff?”…..”Sure, let’s hop in the car and go right away”
- Candy, ice cream, out to dinner? “Yes, yes, yes, yes”
Life really does come full circle when you become grandparent, or it definitely seems that way. My parents and in-laws just LOVE to spoil our boys and I have a feeling that most grandparents take great joy in doing so. I am convinced that they find such joy now because they certainly didn’t spoil us like this growing up.
While this does negate all the lessons I am trying to instill in the boys, I know that it is all with good intent and more importantly, love. And probably pent up frustration after saying NO to me for SO many years. I know I look forward to the day when I do the same for my sweet grandbabies and my grown boys will roll their eyes when I say YES to everything they ask for. That is the full circle moment - if my parents want to spoil, go right ahead. I will just start back on Monday, saying “NO, you have to earn it, work for it and save for it” – just like they did after I spent time with my spoiling grandparents growing up. That is balance and the circle of life and parenting!
Do your parents spoil your kids?