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Monday, October 3, 2016

Grandparents Are The Spoilers

As parents we want what is best for our children. It is our obligation to be diligent when it comes to the welfare of our children. This is what we agreed to do when we signed on to become parents. We knew full well there would be trials and tribulations along the way. There would be ups and downs. What we often didn't expect however, was the grandparents. Grandparents have a unique way of undermining our best efforts as parents. Somehow they raised us and we turned out okay. At least we think so. But we want our children to be better. We want to do better for them.

As times change, each successive generation believes they have it harder than the previous one. At the same time, the previous generation believes the newer one has it better. As each generation doesn't understand the others' music, neither do they understand what it's like to be a parent in that age. 

As parents, we are in charge of disciplining our own children. We give them rules to obey in our house. When we take them out in public, we have rules there too. But at grandma's house? The same rules don't apply. Why? Because no one disciplines the nana. I've even seen that saying on cute little signs: "No one spanks the Nana." In today's family dynamic, there's the chorus of: "We can at grandma's!". While that has most often been the case, it takes on a different meaning today.

While most certainly there are grandparents who are strict with their grandchildren there are always exceptions. Another fond saying is: "Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children". Some grandparents will spoil their grandchildren rotten while others want no part of dealing with the mini question fountains.

How many grandparents hand out candy like it's, well, candy? Despite our strictest rules, grandparents are often there to curry favour and spoil the little buggers. Fill them up with love and attention and all things mom doesn't allow in her house, then send them back there to their insufferable, soda-free existence. Ultimately, it is about balance. You must obey mom's and dad's rules except at nana's house where the rules don't exist and because no one spanks the nana.

...and this is what is wrong with American healthcare today.
The Parents are the Pharmacists.
The Grandparents are the Prescribers.
The Children are the Patients.
The Candy is the, well, still it's "candy".

Reread it with these characters in mind.
Despite the best efforts of the parents (pharmacists), there will continue to be grandparents (prescribers) getting away with handing out "candy" to the children (patients) because no one spanks the nana (prescribers).

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