In my opinion, overbearing parents are a very misunderstood bunch. Most people seem to think that when mom and dad get tired of raising the kids, they simply give up on the kids and leave them in the care of grandma and grandpa. This is not the case at all. Many couples have children together and the mom or dad has a job that requires them to be home every day with the kids. When that happens, it can become difficult to find a balance between being a working parent and still maintaining a relationship with the parents.
There are a number of things you can do to help minimize the effects of overbearing parents. For example, you don’t want to nag the other parent about your feelings if you’re trying to establish a better relationship with him or her. Let the child know in a non-confrontational way that you love them but that you need to take care of yourself and don’t feel you are being forced into anything. Be patient and kind, but don’t argue with them on matters that are best left to their time and space. At the same time, don’t make them feel like they are forcing you to change your child’s behavior or attitude.
Another thing parents can do to help their children deal with overbearing parents is to remind them who the parent is and make it clear to them that they are the boss. If you remind your child that you are the one making decisions, they are less likely to feel like they are in the wrong. In addition, it helps the child understand how decisions are made and that you are the person who makes the decisions. Children tend to believe things because their memory is so short. Remind them frequently, in short phrases, that they are the one making the decisions and they will be held responsible for those decisions.