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How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Clarke

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GRANDPARENTS WHO WANT TO SPOIL BUT CAN’T

The Parents Beat Them to It

BE NOT AFRAID OF GROWING SLOWLY, BE AFRAID ONLY OF STANDING STILL.

—Anonymous

NOT ALL GRANDPARENTS, AUNTS, UNCLES, and other close adults give too much. In fact, the situation may be the exact reverse of the one with the overactive grandparent gene. Listen to the voices of this group of elders: “Grandparents are supposed to spoil their grandchildren, but I can’t. Their parents have already spoiled them. And I worry about the youngsters’ careless attitudes and about how busy they are.” When asked, “What do you do about that?” a common response of grandparents is, “I mumble ...

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