Parenting Challenges with extended family close by_Question

Posted on Sunday, June 7th, 2015 at 1:54 am.

Dr. Beth, our family is young. My husband and I have a 1 year old and a 3 1/2 year old and we love our children and our extended family more than we can say.  A couple of our extended family members live in the same city we do and several are spread out around the state or the country. We are both fairly close to our parents and siblings and they love our children and come to visit fairly often. We are happy about this, but sometimes they act like our children are ready to do things (like walking) that we don’t think they are ready to do.  They encourage our kids to take risks that make us nervous. We don’t want to offend our family members but how do we handle this?

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