Saturday, August 17, 2019

The purpose of grannies

I mentioned to Granddaughter1 that I found these cranes to be rather beautiful and elegant. 
tall cranes
She gave me a funny look. 'Why?' she asked.
I don't know why but they fascinate me.

Normally she is very perceptive. I had three grandchildren in the car. GrandDaughter2 and GrandSon1 were in the back.
'Stop tormenting your sister!'
And a few minutes later, 'Leave her alone! Remember only good children will be getting ice cream.'

GrandDaughter1 in the front sighed. 'Don't say that. You know he will get ice cream. Mummy and Daddy always say that too and they never do it.'

It's true. I have always been an advocate of the 'don't threaten something if you're not willing to carry it out,' method of discipline yet I seem to have lost my way where the grandchildren are involved. Grannies aren't meant to tell off, that's the thing; grannies are meant to spoil.

Aw, well, here are Younger Son's kittens.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

GrandDaughter1 was indeed very perceptive about the empty threat. How old is she?

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

There's not much point having siblings if you can't torment them, surely?

Anonymous said...

It doesn't work too well trying to bluff one's children - or, indeed, any child. They need to mature, knowing that adults/older people will treat them with respect and truth. I go along with a little spoiling by grandparents; but, why should we make our grandchildren think that their parents are the only adults who expect good behavior? It's really up to the parents, I think, to let the grandparents know the set of rules by which their children should be guided.
Cop Car
P.S. I'm on great-grandchildren, now, and I recall the expectations laid on us kids by our own great and great-great grandparents.

Liz Hinds said...

She's nine, Debra.

I never had them, Sonata, but I'm sure you're right!

That's all true, CopCar. And they're usually very good when they're with me. It's just their proximity in the car and the temptation is too great.

Ole Phat Stu said...

You missed an opportunity there to teach them about the summation of the tension vectors always being zero on the cranes. That's "Why".

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Haha your grandaughter made me laugh.. Well I must be one of the worst nannies, Grannies, nanas. Mt grandchildren get told off. And I don't spoil. They get treats and we have fun. But definitely not spoilt.

Liz Hinds said...

I thought I'd save explaining tension vectors for another day, Stu.