The Boomer generation is being roasted for being ‘useless’ grandparents who don’t help or interact with their grandchildren.

Generation X parents, who were born between 1965 and 1980, have taken their parents to task for being ‘lazy’ grandparents, saying they ‘despise’ the Boomer generation.

One mum took to reddit to vent about her ‘typical Boomer parents’, who she says are ‘useless’.

“Growing up, I have so many memories with my grandmother (grandfather died young). She taught me to sew, bake, garden, and endless hours in her yard playing. So many sleepovers. And my mum didn’t work. She took me shopping and to visit her cottage.

“Now that I have my children, my parents don’t even visit. They have visited probably five times in three years and they live 20 minutes away. And it’s just sitting on the couch being bored. No help at all. They do not work and are retired. They claim this time is for them only and they already put their work in. I honestly despise the boomer generation.”

‘Nobody owes you child care’

The frustrated mum was met with a chorus of likeminded parents who say their own parents put in very little effort as grandparents.

“It used to severely depress me,” said one mum. “But now I’ve just accepted it. I will be an involved grandma to my grandkids if my kids to choose to have them, but I can’t force my parents to be involved with my kids, they just don’t care.”

Another mum said Boomer parents would rather ‘do nothing’ then help with their grandchildren.

“I know not all grandparents are like this, but my parents had so many sacrifices growing up with their own siblings, and then they had to raise their own kids (barely because millennials kind of raised themselves). This is a complaint I always have. Out of five grandparents, only two are interested in seeing the kids all the time. One of them married to the interested grandparent is biological, whereas she’s the step parent, and they just started taking our kids every two weeks. It’s nice, but the problem is it’s only for 12 hours. Then we have to collect them by a certain time. We could just keep them home because they are asleep that whole time anyway.”

However, another parent played devil’s advocate, saying that Boomers don’t owe their children anything.

“NOBODY owes you child care,” they said on reddit. “As a parent of one and four year old, I love getting help. But I don’t expect it. Nobody owes that to me. My parents and my partners parents have already raised their kids, I don’t expect them to raise mine, they are my kids. My parents and my partner’s parents deserve to enjoy whatever they want to do in their time/retirement days. They don’t owe me anything. Sure, help is great, always appreciated, but in the end sorting out care for my kids is my responsibility, as the parent.”

What are your thoughts? Are your parents involved with your children? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • This makes me sad… because the overall point (I think they are trying to make here) is of the importance of creating opportunities to build that invaluable grandparent/grandchild relationship. I am referring to grandparents that are physically, mentally, financially, and (within reason) geographically able to participate. It is not about free child care (I didn’t take it that way, at least). While parents are in that busy season of responsibly enforcing strict rules and routine, the grandparents get to come in and have a good time with the kids: less pressure, more fun. It is a more tender relationship, one that allows the child that space to be care-free, and grandma/grandpa get to finally enjoy the more positive aspect of parenting (i.e. making cookies, crafts, and allll the messes). Grandparents have acquired several decades of life experience and skills (some that were passed on from several generations prior), making them an excellent resource full of sage advice. In addition, it is a considerable health benefit to the grandparent– and research has shown that aging adults that have frequent interaction with their grandkids, tend to live longer. At the end of the day, we can’t force anyone (let alone family) to be apart of our kids lives. These grandparents absolutely have the right to enjoy their retirement, travel, and have a kid-free existence. And with all choices, we do not get to always choose the consequences. So when the time comes that the grandparent(s) requires more assistance (medical, emotional, and physical), I hope they don’t feel entitled to receive it from the parents/grandchildren they chose not to invest their time/energy with. You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.


  • My parents are overseas so they can’t help me and my inlaws are not very keen as they don’t like me.


  • I don’t think it’s a problem with the grandparents but a problem with the parents. Most parents these days have children and then expect to pass them off the the grandparents to look after.


  • My Mum wasn’t very involved with my children, because she is quite elderly and my husband’s parents are deceased. I didn’t have Grandparents either. These relationships are so valuable, I am sad that both myself and my children never had them.


  • I would have loved to look after my grandchildren but unfortunately my eldest son and DIL live just over 5 hours away. It would have been my choice but I know they wouldn’t expect me to. Nowadays I only get to see them for a week once or twice a year.


  • Grandparents are to me a gift in life. I respect them as I was brought up with respect, morals, empathy and understanding. I love them and grateful to have them in my life.


  • My Mum was very involved with my son. They have the closest relationship and it’s beautiful. My in-laws however, treated my son as a pawn and used him in their abusive games. We are now estranged from them. I do not believe at all that Grandparents owe you childcare but you get out of a relationship what you put in and my Mum chose to be in my son’s life… some might say too much!! It’s important to set boundaries and also not to have high expectations. Keep it real. Grandparents have earned their life. They’ve parented and get to enjoy their older age.


  • I cant believe the entitlement here! By the time your parents become grandparents they have earnt the right to say no! They aren’t free childcare service, and they are not obligated to give up their time. Also, as you get older, you get more tired, how about a little more compassion for grandparents?!!
    The statement I read from a parent complaining that her parents ‘only took the kids for 12 hours’!!! Ye gods, 12 hours is a long time! I have no family in Australia but when my elderly mum has visited I never ‘expect’ her to baby sit or entertain the kids . If and when she wants to, great, but she is in her 70s and I dont expect her to live anything but a life that is based around what she wants to do!


  • My inlaws love seeing my kids but don’t make the effort to come and see them. They only see them when we go there, same goes for all their other grandchildren.


  • That is really sad when grandparents don’t want to get involved. My parents would be a great help. But unfortunately are leaving far away.


  • My mother helped me out alot when I had my second and third close together as they would run off in different directions if I was on my own. It usually benefited her as well, as she didn’t drive so I’d drive and we would shop together, my house was air conditioned and hers wasn’t in their younger years, she could swim in our pool and we usually ordered dinner etc. Turns out she resented me for a long time and claimed I was ruining her life and moved away. While I did occasionally feel I asked too much or took advantage, I was always grateful and generous. I will be forever grateful for her help but our relationship suffered for a long time because of her resentment. Accept what is offered and be grateful. (I’ve already told my 24y/o I’m not looking after her children as I’m still raising her siblings but I’m sure if she did become a mother that would change, although I don’t think to the extent my mother helped me. Probably makes me a bad person but Iv’e been a mother since I was 16, I have no regrets about that, but I don’t want to be responsible for another baby when I’m on the cusp of being able to live life with my husband, occasionally without our children)


  • I can totally relate! My in-laws only want the kids on their terms, when it suits them and we have to make all the effort when they live the next suburb over- 5min drive!


  • My parent’s are boomers I definitely do see a difference between them and my grandparents, I have so many memories with my grandparents but my children have hardly any time with their grandparents, it’s definitely a different generation.


  • We have completely uninvolved grandparents who live 20 min away and show no interest. I was very upset at first but now accept that’s how they are and have just had no choice. We never had one hour of babysitting or ever get invited to their house for anything. Christmas is spent alone with hubby and our 4 kids but it makes things less complicated I suppose! I send them school photos of the grandchildren every year and invite them to the birthday parties but most of the time we never hear from them.


  • I used to teach my grandkids to cook, spend time with them and take them away on weekend trips. We both worked so it was on weekends and holidays that most of this happened. My daughter had a mental condition and one day stopped us for seeing and doing things with the grandkids. It devastated us. We don’t have the same connection anymore ,which is sad. So it goes both ways.


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