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THTM #24: Baby diaper (Educating grandparents)

What is the key message?

  • Times have changed. What were considered “best practices” in parenting have changed.
  • Parents may need to assert their role as the decision-maker for their children.

Who should receive this message?

  • Parents struggling with grandparents or relatives telling them how to provide care to their child that is inconsistent with current practices or parental wishes.
  • Grandparents.

How can this message be used?


How has your relationship with your parents or other family members been since you’ve become a parent?

  • What gifts do grandparents and other older family members give us?
  • What parenting advice have you received? What have you done with that advice?
  • What has worked for you in the past when talking with grandparents who insist on practices that aren’t consistent with best practices today or your wishes?
  • (Offer handout to participants.) How could you use this quiz with your grandparents to resolve conflict over how to care for your baby and children?
  • Respect for grandparents is important. How do you balance well-meaning advice from grandparents that isn’t consistent with “best practices” of caring parents today with your need to protect your child from potential harm?
  • How does it feel to know that you are the most important person in making decisions for your child?
  • How will making decisions based on what YOU feel is best impact your child’s future?
  • What will you do differently with in your next conversation with grandparents over how to care for your baby or children?
  • How will you set boundaries this week with well-meaning grandparents so that your children are as healthy as they could be?
  • What advice would you give a parent dealing with a grandparent or caregiver who thinks they know best?


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