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One big question for parents is what to do when the grandparents idea of discipline is more harsh than their own.

When Heidi Stevens, who writes the “parenthood” column for the Chicago tribune asked family psychotherapist Fran Walfish and author of  The Self-Aware Parent (Palgrave Macmillan) to weigh in, here’s what she had to say. ”Children from age 3 and up are able to differentiate between their parents’ authority and their grandparents’ authority,” says  ”A grandparent who misses a child’s emotional cues and doesn’t encourage expression of feeling is not nearly as impactful on the kids as a parent who does so. Not even a fraction.”

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