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20 Outrageous Reasons Grandmas Have Been 'Fired' From Babysitting

babysitterGrandmothers can wear many hats. Cheek pinchers. Cookie bakers. And in thousands of American families: babysitters.

Fast fact: some 61 percent of American grandparents provide at least 50 hours a year of childcare (if not more) for grandchildren who are at least 1 year old. Pretty sweet deal, right? Who could take better care of your kiddo than the person who raised you or your partner? Welllll, you'd think so!

But when The Stir asked moms to weigh in on grandma's babysitting skills, we found out moms and mothers-in-law alike have made big mistakes with their grandchildren. Mistakes so irresponsible and questionable that they're actually getting fired from their babysitting gigs!

Ever had to consider the tough decision of firing Grandma? Plenty of moms told us they have -- and we certainly can't blame them because here's what the offending grandmothers did!

1. Asked the child invasive personal questions.

2. Sent a teenager to babysit in her place, without notifying Mom and Dad.

3. Passed out cold from medication while watching her granddaughter.

4. Threatened to hit an 18-month-old.

5. Decided allergies aren't real and gave a child with dairy allergies cream cheese -- landing the little boy in the hospital.

6. Never disciplined.

7. Smoked in the car with the kids.

8. Drove drunk with the kids!

9. Wouldn't lay an 8-month-old down for naps.

10. Gave a solid-food eating baby bottles all day because she was too lazy to pull out the high chair.

11. Let one grandchild get hold of a loaded pistol ... and point it at another one!

12. Left a potty-training child sit on the toilet for an hour instead of helping him wipe.

13. Tried teaching her grandchild to call her "Mom."

14. Told her granddaughter that Daddy didn't love her.

15. Didn't use car seats because they were a "hassle."

16. Let a 3-year-old play outside by the road while she was inside watching TV.

17. Left the baby sleeping on the couch unattended. 

18. Failed to feed baby more than one bottle and 1/3 jar of baby food over the course of eight hours.

19. Didn't tell mom when her son suffered second-degree burns.

20. Let her grandchild play outside with no shoes on in 110-degree weather ... on a metal grate!

All right, Mom, can you top these? What has your mom or mother-in-law done when babysitting?


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nonmember avatar igsekel

Grandpa was fired for letting my 8 year old use a pocket knife to open a plastic casing which she needed two stitches afterwards. He also does not discipline either of them nor enforce bedtime.

Brittany Gordon

My dad was bad about the car seat thing i HAD to really put my foot down.

nonmember avatar jkb

my step mom fed my now 6yr old raw hamburger and peppers and onions out of an uncooked meatloaf when he was 2. Before that took him and my infant niece across state lines withoit permission from any of us or notifying anyone.

LeeshaE LeeshaE

My dad once gave my organic eating little boy three mcdoubles, a mcrib, fries, and a large chicken nuggets, all in one sitting. He was told never again to feed that much crap to my son.

tbruc... tbrucemom

Most of these things aren't OK but I think it's comical that these are YOUR parents and you obviously turned out OK even with their horrible parenting! Some of them are just a change in the times and some parents today are ridiculous with their constant hovering. Let a child be a child, within reason of course. The first comment about the grandpa is a good example. I'm sure it was very common for 8 year old boys to have pocket knives during this grandpa's time. He probably didn't realize he didn't know how to use one at that age and most grandparents let the grandkids get away with stuff the parents don't, that's the fun of being a grandparent, you can spoil them and give them back. It's also I'm sure free babysitting.

TMK919 TMK919

My mom is great. My MIL refuses to babysit because my son has SPD & Apraxia.

the4m... the4mutts

My EXMIL (exhusbands mom), let our 20month old go for 10 hours in the same diaper, then claimed that she changed it, but the baby played in water. We left her there so long, to take our newborn to a head/neck/surgery center to have a lump in a lymphnoid assessed.

How do I know what she told me wasn't the truth?

Because the diaper I dropped her off in, was purple. A "night time" huggies diaper. The ones I put in the bag were all white, off brand from CVS.

When I showed her, and confronted her, she shrugged, and said "oh well. At least she didn't kaka"

My baby had a terrible rash that took 2 weeks to fully clear up.

She never babysat again.

RiotP... RiotPixie

My ex MIL thought it was alright to smoke a joint with my (then) 1 month old son in her arms. Nope, never again.

princ... princezzmommie

some of these things qualify as neglect or abuse. sheesh some people's parents...

Em Chappell-Root

Not my inlaws, but my sister in laws grandparents, did not believe she had a life threatening auto immune disease that was aggrivated by sunlight (Erythropoietic porphyria) and would lock her outside for HOURS in the sunlight, and ignored the second and third degree burns it caused. Her parents were divorced, and her fathers parents would do this. Then when the mother got her back after a 6 week summer visit and refused to let her visit again, they filed for Grandparents rights! Luckily the judge said that they couldn't visit and were lucky not to be thrown in jail, but they swore her mother was making up her condition and that they just "Needed to let God heal her".  She was 8/9 the summer this happened, had to go into the hospital for a year at 12 before recieving a liver transplant necessitated by the damage her grandparents caused when she was 13. 

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