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Parenting vs Grandparenting

by Barbara Greenleaf

Posted: May 13, 2021

Turning the tables from one generation to the next…

Something happens to women when their children become parents. At the same time their daughters and daughters-in-law are delivering a new baby, they’re developing a new persona, and it’s called grandma. Here’s a humorous take on how that transformation plays out, with a tip of the hat to Vicky Clafin:
Mom as a mother: “You get what you get. Deal with it.”
Mom as a grandmother: “Would you like your grilled cheese cut into stars or hearts?”

Mom as mother: “Eat at the table. Sit up straight. Use a napkin.”
Mom as grandmother: “Throw a towel on the kitchen floor, and let’s call it a picnic.”

Mom as mother: “No, you can’t have dessert until you eat your broccoli.”
Mom as grandmother: “Broccoli is nasty, I agree. Here, have a cookie.”

Mom as mother: “What kind of family does he come from?”
Mom as grandmother: “Every girl dates a bad boy just once. Ask Mommy about her boyfriend before Daddy.”

Mom as mother: “You need a haircut. Go get me the scissors and the red salad bowl.”
Mom as grandmother: “You need a haircut. Let me make you an appointment with my hairdresser. Then we’ll go to lunch.”

Mom as mother: “I don’t care what all the other kids are wearing. That outfit looks ridiculous. Go change.”
Mom as grandmother: “As long as I can’t see your underwear, your butt crack, or your belly button ring, Grandma’s good.”

Mom as mother: “No, you can’t quit piano lessons. We’ve paid for the year, and you made a commitment.”
Mom as grandmother: “You tried, you didn’t like it, no big deal. Let’s try something else.”

Mom as mother: “If you want to be a fairy princess for Halloween, let’s see what we have around the house that will work for wings.”
Mom as grandmother: “There’s a fabulous costume shop downtown. If we get there early, we can nab the wildly overpriced, wear-it-one-time, fairy princess outfit.”

Mom as mother: “You disobeyed us. We’re upset and very disappointed in you.”
Mom as grandmother: “I don’t care what you did. Grandma thinks you’re perfect.”

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Posted: May 13, 2021

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