Mom Calls Out ‘Toxic’ Boomer Grandparents Trait & People Couldn’t Agree More

The Baby Boomer generation, those born between 1946 and 1964, is undeniably resilient. They’ve weathered the tumultuous ’60s, participated in the Vietnam War, and have a reputation for their strong work ethic. However, like every generation, they have their flaws.

A recent video by a user named Lisa Pontius highlighted one such issue that many millennial parents face with their Boomer parents: setting boundaries.

The Importance of Boundaries In Parenting

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Lisa, in her video, emphasized the significance of boundaries, especially when it comes to grandparent-grandchild relationships.

She stated, “Boundaries is not a dirty word.” Pontius elaborated on how millennials don’t “owe” their Boomer parents anything.

She clarified that having boundaries doesn’t equate to keeping children away from their grandparents. Instead, it’s about establishing a mutual respect between adults, especially when it concerns the upbringing of the younger generation.

Pontius shared her personal experience, mentioning that her parents often see her children due to their proximity. However, she maintains boundaries regarding how her parents interact with her children.

She believes acknowledging and respecting each other’s boundaries is the foundation of a mutually respectful adult relationship.

The Misunderstanding of Boundaries

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Pontius further explained that boundaries aren’t threats. Every relationship, whether between adults or between adults and children, deserves boundaries.

The key is respect. If grandparents respect the boundaries set by the parents, they get to spend time with their grandchildren.

However, if they overstep or disregard these boundaries, it might lead to limited access to their grandchildren.

The Broader Perspective on Parent-Child Relationships

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Every parent-child relationship is unique. Not all parents are perfect, and not every childhood is idyllic.

Many individuals have experienced trauma in their upbringing, which they strive to overcome as adults.

As they raise their children, they aim to provide a better environment than they had, which sometimes means setting strict boundaries with their own parents.

Pontius expressed her frustration with the common notion that adult children should always be “grateful” for everything their parents did for them.

She believes that providing for children is a parent’s fundamental responsibility, both physically and emotionally. This provision shouldn’t come with the expectation of blind obedience in adulthood.

The Public’s Reaction

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The video garnered a plethora of reactions. While some disagreed with Pontius’s approach, many resonated with her message. Several individuals shared their experiences, emphasizing the importance of boundaries in their relationships with their parents or in-laws.

One comment reads,

“why do boomer parent think their kids owe them anything simply because they are parents? we owe our kids everything they owe us nothing.”

Another commenter said,

“The problem with this perspective is that they feel “owed” a relationship no matter what with their grandkids like their children‍♀️”

The Essence of Respect

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The significance of respect in parent-grandchild relationships cannot be overstated.

A harmonious relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is crucial for the well-being of both parties.

According to a study from Utah State University[1] , grandparents offer acceptance, patience, love, stability, wisdom, fun, and support to their grandchildren, which positively impacts a child’s overall well-being.

On the other hand, research from Greater Good Berkeley[2] emphasizes the importance of harmony between parents and grandparents.

When these two generations get along, the benefits trickle down to both the parents and the children. However, undermining a parent’s decisions, even with the best intentions, can lead to conflict.

At the heart of the matter, it all boils down to respect. Grandparents should trust their children to make the best decisions for their families.

While disagreements on parenting choices might arise, barring any harmful practices, grandparents should respect a parent’s right to raise their children in their preferred manner.

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