Well, of course this depends upon the situation. Critics might say that you should never spoil a child because it turns them into brats – and nobody likes brats!
However, history shows us that grandparents are very bad, or is it good, at spoiling their grandchildren.
Guilty as charged?
If you are one of those Santa Claus type of grandparents who arrive with a gift each and every time you are making the rest of us look bad.
You’re also make a rod for your own back as your grandchild might learn to be only interested in the gift and not you.
So, when is spoiling your grandchild the best thing to do?
I think we can all agree that it is the parents’ job to discipline a child. As grandparents we are obliged to support the parents, our child and his or her partner, and not go against their decision.
Therefore it is not a good idea to wait until the parents’ backs are turned and begin to lavish your grandchild with praise and gifts if they have just been reprimanded.
But what if your grandchild is visiting alone, and it’s just the two of you?
I’m afraid it’s still not okay to spoil them with gifts, but there are other ways.
When is it okay to spoil your grandchildren?
When you are alone with your grandchild why not spoil them by spending time with them.
You are a precious gift and you are playing a significant role in their lives.
You, and not the presents you bring, are the best gift of all.
Spoil your grandkids by playing games with them or taking them for a walk in the park.
Spoil them by reading and sharing old photographs or books with them.
Why not spoil them by listening to their stories, and acknowledging how unique and special they are.
Let’s face it, they must be wonderful – they’re your grandkids after all!