She’s just a very controlling person about the way she wants things to be, and so our relationship with the children has been on their terms, not ours. What has made it a bit sad is that I’m aware that it can be different – my close friend is endlessly looking after her grandchildren.
What I miss, and what I would really like to have had, and my husband too, would be to have our own special, private relationship with the children, which was ours. They’re very friendly, but our relationship is on the terms that the parents have set up.
grandmother of three
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