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New rules apply for Baby Boomers as grandparents

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Back off, Baby Boomer grandparents.

That’s the advice we’re hearing and seeing from a lot of quarters when it comes to the relationship among Baby Boomers, their adult children, and their grandchildren.

Grandparents want and enjoy a certain level of engagement in their grandchildren’s lives. But Baby Boomers can’t be the same kind of helicopter parents they might have been with their own kids.

There are different rules for being a doting grandparents than there were for being a hovering parent.

Your kids and their spouses will take the good, the bad and the ugly of how they were brought up, sift it through their own set of needs and values and raise and treat their kids as they see fit. And some methods and recommendations don’t mesh anymore with the way we did things.

In fact, according to a recent article in USA Today, some grandparents are taking classes to learn the new rules of the road.

One example cited in the article is how babies sleep - no longer on their tummies the way that most Baby Boomers probably had their children in their cribs.

The recommendation is to have babies on their backs as a precaution against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

And that blankie? Forget it. Babies nowadays shouldn’t have anything in their cribs - no blankets, no bumpers, no stuffed animals, nothing.

And, hey, there’s a whole website devoted to the ins and outs of grandparenting in the 21st century: Grandparents.com

It’ll give you all sorts of advice, such as ways to get those grandkids outside to play rather inside watching TV or socializing online.

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