Mom's style is to give them healthy food & sunshine, & let them decide what they want to do. Dad thinks parents have a right to expect certain things from their kids. He wants them to play an instrument, a sport, be in a club or group such as Scouts. (They choose what, but not whether.) He says his oldest would choose TV all day; not an option. I am working to stay out of it. Both at times say things to me, & I just nod & smile. The biggest difficulty for me is that when he is unavailable due to work, the kids don't practice. The eldest is old enough I deal with her directly on this, but the little ones need a parent to re-teach & supervise. I could decide to not teach them. Luckily I could fill the spots & do this as a sideline, not for groceries. But I'm reluctant, in part because I like the kids & think I'm getting somewhere with them (if slowly), & would not like to be the one who highlights the conflict to the parents. Thoughts? Sue
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