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(Grand)father Knows Best

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A survey by the Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health finds that nearly half of parents describe arguments with one or more grandparent about their parenting, with 1 in 7 parents saying they limit time the child sees certain grandparents.

Most of the disputes involved discipline, meals and/or screen time on TV or computers. Other recurring issues were manners, safety and health, bedtime, treating some grandchildren differently than others and sharing photos or information on social media.

Among parents who reported disagreements, 40% said grandparents were too soft on the child, but 14% said they were too tough. Nearly half of parents said disagreements arose from both styles.

Solutions generally involved setting boundaries and finding common ground.

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