Grandmother Does Unforgivable Thing While Babysitting

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drunk grandma
This is NOT a baby
If I had a dollar every time I heard a mom of my generation complain about grandmothers these days, I'd be able to maybe go to dinner a lot or something. It usually goes like this: I thought my mother/mother-in-law would be such an involved grandmother, instead she's off on a cruise every week and acts like she's doing us a favor by "babysitting" her own grandchildren. Or my personal favorite: My mother/mother-in-law is too busy recovering from plastic surgery to hang with the kids, and when she does come over she insists on being called "Glam-ma."

Yep, Baby Boomers are not turning out to be the best at nurturing their grandchildren. Or perhaps they're just the first generation of women to buck the traditional "grandma" role. But this 54-year-old grandmother just committed probably the worst grandma offense one could: She got loaded and left her 1-month-old grandson on the side of the road.

Hey, grandma's gotta get her party on too.

Thank god the baby was discovered and is all right. Apparently the little guy was hanging out on the on-ramp to I80 in Sacramento for about 45 minutes in his carrier, which was sitting on top of a bottle of brandy, before his grandma came back to get him. It seems she had to go get something, and the baby was in the way. Also, she was drunk. So I'm guessing that something she had to get was a pack of smokes.

I remember when we left my daughter, who was about a month old, with my in-laws. They didn't get drunk, run errands, or leave her on the side of the road. Who knew how lucky we were? It's just a sad state of affairs when you can't even rely on your own flesh and blood to care for your own flesh and blood.

Does this generation of grandmothers seem like the worst yet?

 

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Zyva Zyva

I don't allow my mother alone with my kids anymore, at all. She's 52. At my children's christmas concert she showed up drunk, and I didn't want to make a scene, so I let her stay, then while I was tending to the baby after the show, she took off with my older two without saying ANYTHING TO ME, to drive them home, while.. drunk. So I rush home and she's not there, She decided to drive around the block a few times. She is lucky I didn't call the police on her, she knows she's not around my kids while drinking. The bar is about a mile from my house, but she tends to go drinking instead of come over and visit, and then she always has the gall to mention that she never see's us.. Well duh, mom.  (/End rant).


 


With that said, I love my mother in law, but she's 70, so there is a definite age gap, she's great with the kids, only she tends to make them some unhealthy food, and tries to sneak cereal in the babies bottle, but she's also from the south. 

nonmember avatar shishi

Um...hate to break it to you, but if it's not a parent or step-parent with YOUR KIDS, it IS babysitting, no need for quotes!

jalaz77 jalaz77

Yes grandparents are not very involved these days. So here is my comment when my mom or nagging MIL makes comments of not seeing the kids much...you know where we live. It took me a couple of years to realize the lack of family involvement, I am not talking about watching the kids while we woop it up but to hang with them. The more babies we had the harder it was to go home for a visit so I said I am done.

nonmember avatar Rob M.

Dubbed "The Me" generation in the 1980s .... They sure got the correct label.

butte... butterflymkm

While my DDs grandparents don't seem to be as involved as my grandparents were with me, I never have to worry about them getting wasted and leaving her! That's just sad....

paren... parentalrights1

Every generation has it's crazy. Not fair in my opinion to lump all the grandparents with that crazy.


 

nonmember avatar A

I agree with @shishi. How can you expect your parents or in-laws to help raise your kids? It's your responsibility to take care of your own children. If I'm a grandmother when I'm old and retired, I will make a point to be available for my

nonmember avatar A

I agree with @shishi. How can you expect your parents or in-laws to help raise your kids? It's your responsibility to take care of your own children. If I'm a grandmother when I'm old and retired, I will make a point to be available for my grandkids birthdays and events. If I want to go on a cruise any other time and you don't like it, then that's just too bad for you.



My husband's parents moved to Sweden when I was pregnant. They have never met our son, but they Skype on weekends.



Get over it.

nonmember avatar hs

I think this generation has the youngest grandparents. We're not talking grannies with white hair and wire-brimmed glasses. We're talking middle-aged, barely retired (if even retired) parents becoming g'parents. They don't get a break between parenthood and g'parenthood. It's like a bunch of mid-life crisis ppl starting all over again lol. I also notice a lot more parents wanting to drop the kids off with g'ma so they can have "me-time" so I think that's a factor to consider as well.

nonmember avatar k c

i'm lucky enough to have a father who is very involved with my child. DS is grandpa's mini me! he watches my son when i am at work/school. he as been there for us since the moment he was born. since we weren't very stable (financially) when we found out we were expecting (surprise!!), i don't think we could have done it without him! but i'm a daddy's girl.

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