The study found that certain behaviors from grandparents can increase a child's risk of developing cancer later in life.
These behaviors include:
- Offering unhealthy foods/treats too frequently
- Not being as strict on screen time/other sedentary behaviors
More often than not, these behaviors from grandparents are an effort to win over the affections of their grandkids, but at what cost?
"Evidence indicated that, overall, grandparents had an adverse impact on their grandchildren’s cancer risk factors. The evidence was strongest for grandparents having an adverse impact on children’s weight outcomes," the study states. "Similar to weight, grandparents overall appeared to have an adverse impact on their grandchildren’s diets."
That being said, the researchers also want to point out that spending time with grandparents isn't exclusively bad.
"Grandparents may be better able to spend time with their grandchildren in ways that parents are unable to," they go on to say. "This can help facilitate good social and emotional well-being in grandchildren, and therefore, any recommendation to limit grandparent interaction with their grandchildren would be misplaced."
The best solution to this is to make sure the whole family is on the same page when it comes to the kids. Just because they're at grandma and grandpa's doesn't mean all the rules go out the window!
Do you stick to strict rules when watching your grandkids?