On a grumpy gramps.

Alright I’ll make this quick. I want my child to have grandparents but my in-laws cuss very strongly. I don’t have an issue with cuss words but calling a child a “little shit head” or “cock-sucker” seems extreme. I want to shield my child from this but my husband’s father refuses to back down. I feel bad because my husband’s mother is very sweet but keeping my child away from his grandfather means removing contact with his grandfather as well. Advice? Help?

If you don’t have an issue with cuss words, then take the stick out of your ass and quit having an issue with cuss words. Calling a child a “little shit head” isn’t extreme, it’s fucking hilarious. You only think it’s extreme because it’s your little shit head.

I’m willing to bet that your father-in-law isn’t being mean or abusive. At worst, he’s being crotchety or enforcing a little old-school discipline. He’s rough around the edges, but it all comes from a place of love, right?

If that’s the case, chill the fuck out. Feel free to never stop giving him a hard time about cussing around the youngster, but don’t cut him out of your child’s life. Having a salty old grandpa who talks shit and shoots you straight is one of the coolest things a kid can grow up with.

Hell, if it were me I’d hire the old bastard to babysit.

(Then again, I’ve gone out of my way not to breed, which is something you should probably consider when asking for my advice. I don’t have the slightest fucking clue how to raise kids.)


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