Grandparents as babysitters

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Belle posted this 11 February 2020

What do you think about letting your parents / grandparents watch your baby? Is there an age where the grandparents are considered too old? 

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Teresa posted this 13 February 2020

Asking them is always important - yes th'te physical part is important too. But do they want to watch kids and if so, how much? Maybe it's just 1 day a week?  Need to make sure they don't feel guilty turning you down.

Jane posted this 13 February 2020

It's interesting where the mindset is - I don't have my parents or in-laws close by at all, so then our minds shift to whomever else we trust.  It really changes everything.  But it's almost like because that choice is there, we are thinking about younger individuals. 

Mary posted this 13 February 2020

I would say it all depends on their cognitive and physical ability. Sometimes if you are thinking or comparing them to other caretakers and thinking they aren't do enough, judge them for what they can do, different parameters if that makes sense.  If they are safe at the end of the day and in the home, and the cognition and physicality is enough to keep up with the child's age then good. But at the same time even if this is the case, I would think it should be limited just because of increasing older age. 

Riley posted this 12 February 2020

I can see the good and bad. I have seen grandparents who are wonderful and does what the parents want and those who undermines the parents. I think it depends on the age of the child and setting clear boundaries 

Prerna posted this 12 February 2020

Grandparents find joy in the role they play in their grandchildren's upbringing. Participants reported that being a grandparent caregiver was, in many ways, more satisfying and joyful than being a parent. They also indicated that they were better caregivers as grandparents than they were as parents

shilpa posted this 12 February 2020

yes its a big idea. with grandparents baby learns alot. and if they spend more time with them they learn the history and culture which we new generation cannot explain.

Abby posted this 12 February 2020

I feel like this depends on the health and stamina of the grandparents, it can be mentally and physically exhausting dealing with young children and I would not want to put the children or grandparents in a position to fail.