We all want what’s best for our kids, but sometimes parents can take it too far when giving their children advice. This is especially true when the children have grown up, fled the nest, and are now living lives of their own, as adults.
If you’re anything like me, you take the letters written to ‘agony aunts’ in the newspaper with a pinch of salt. Some just seem too weird to be real, others just make you think “Don’t you have any friends to ask about this kind of thing instead?”
Still, some people seem to believe that this method – basically, asking a total stranger for advice about private matters on a public forum – is the best way forward. Take this mother for example, who wrote to ‘Dear Prudence’ an agony aunt for Slate that appears as a podcast, live chat and publication on their website.
Although Dear Prudence get hundreds if not thousands of questions thrown at them week in week out, this one stood out more than most. The agony aunt is known for her savage responses when it’s called for, and this one certainly lives up to that reputation.
Like many older mothers, she is clearly focused on the idea of the pitter-patter of tiny feet returning once again to the family in the form of dear grandchildren that she can spoil rotten. Feeling like she’s tried all options on the table to get her son and daughter-in-law to agree, she turns to Prudie to ask why her son hasn’t given her any grandkids yet. “How do we convince them that we only want them to be happy?” She asks.
I think it’s fair to say, Prudie is not impressed with the question she has received. Scroll down to see her scathing response, and tell us what you think. Do you agree with Prudie? Have any sympathy with the mother? Let us know in the comments afterwards!
Click through to the next page to see the letter, and the response it received.