Sept 25, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Re: My mother (drinking while babysitting)
Welcome to this site. I can feel your pain and this is a hard thing to have to deal with. I do think you are right in your views about your parents babysitting their grandchildren. I think that the main thing is you protect your children, not that your parents would intentionally hurt them, but a babysitter needs to be able to think and anyone under the influence has altered thinking. I wonder if it worked once, telling them no alcohol when taking care of the children, perhaps you need to remind them each time they babysit and if they violate this rule one more time, they no longer have the privilege of time alone with their grandchildren. If you expect this from other sitters, then you should also expect it from your parents. The thing here is there has to be boundaries, uncrossable ones, and even though this is not easy to do, it is necessary in my opinion. You did not mention anything about your parents behavior when they drink, so all I can go on is your personal beliefs about alcohol consumption and what you want to instill in your children concerning alcohol. So my opinion is you are doing the correct thing and I commend you for it.
[Edited by I Have Hope Today Administrator on Sept 26, 2011 at 08:20 AM]