Children of the 21st century

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      I was tired of everyone looking through the fridge and
      cabinets telling me what they wanted me to fix them for a meal. I finally
      put my foot down. I told them from here on out, the only time they will
      be ordering their meal is when we go to a restaurant! I told them I will
      put their meal on a plate in front of them and that will be their meal.
      My oldest daughter hates spaghetti so I do have an exception for a peanut
      butter sandwich if they don’t like what is being fixed.
      It was amazing how fast they all adapted to it. The
      whining stopped, the nagging for something I would not give them…gone!
      I wish I had thought of doing this sooner.

      For their “I wants” I tell them to save their
      money for it. I buy their needs and they get wants for special treats,
      rewards for straight A;s; and for Birthdays and Christmas. Their
      grandparents bought them so much stuff; we are out of room for it all. My
      five year old got a tent that fits two or three people! It takes up
      her entire bedroom! Mom bought my 2 year old a huge bus shaped tent and a
      large rocking horse. They take up most of her room and she doesn’t even
      play with the horse. I tried to get mom to take it back, but she said just
      put it up if she doesn’t want it. I am an only child and I am not
      having any more children, I don’t understand why she is saving it.
      My oldest daughter is only 10. The horse cost at least $70! I try
      so hard to teach my children to appreciate things, but their grandparents’
      breeze in and give into it. My oldest even told me if I told her no, she
      would just go to my mom. I have even had to stop allowing my oldest to
      spend the night with my mom because she would totally blow me off and tell me “I
      am the grandparent; I can do whatever I want. It is my house, my rules”

      Don’t get me wrong, I love my mother to death, she is
      one of my best friends. It is just so frustrating sometimes. It
      makes me want to write a piece titled “Grandparents of the 21st

      Melissa in OK

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