Grandma Duties: 5 Ways To Help Raise Your Grandchild

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As a grandmother, you probably thought your days of raising kids were long gone. However, more

grandmas are once again taking on the role of caregiver, albeit this time for their grown-up offspring,

for all sorts of reasons. You’re likely reading this article today because you’re now faced with the task

of looking after your grandchild more often these days. While you want to help as much as possible,

you’re unsure of the best ways to do that without coming across as intrusive.

The following five ideas will help inspire you to give the best support possible to your child and your grandchild:

1. Establish A Weekly Routine

It makes sense to talk to your offspring and agree on a weekly routine.

For example, what days and times are you looking after your grandchild? Are there any weekly or

monthly appointments you’d need to attend? A regular routine is perfect for everyone as all parties are

aware of when things are happening and for how long. It also helps you to schedule any appointments

or trips around the days and times that you have your grandchild.

2. Don’t Be Afraid To Voice Any Concerns

If you notice something isn’t quite right with your grandchild,

don’t be afraid to voice those concerns with your offspring. For instance, what if you notice that your

grandchild doesn’t have the expected motor functions of a child that age? In such a case,

a cerebral palsy lawyer from the BIL Group could assist your daughter in getting a diagnosis for your grandchild if

the condition could have been due to medical malpractice from birth.

3. Maintain A Support Network

Just because you’ve been asked to put your caregiving hat on again

doesn’t mean you have to do everything alone. It’s crucial to maintain an active support network of

relatives, friends, and even other caregivers like nannies and babysitters to have the support you need.

Your support network can be useful when you’re feeling unwell or perhaps could do with some

grandparenting advice!

4. Don’t Forget About Yourself

Another thing to keep in mind when helping to raise your grandchild is

ensuring that your personal needs get met. For example, ensuring you have enough free time to enjoy

the things you like in life, and spending time with your life partner, other relatives, and friends. It’s

something you must all be in agreement with before you start offering your services as a childminder.

Otherwise, you’re likely to feel weary and even resentful that you aren’t devoting much time to

yourself in your twilight years.

5. Offer To Help With School Transport

Last but not least, if you drive and have a car, an excellent way

to support your grandchild is by offering your services as a school taxi each day! Your daughter may

have concerns about your grandchild traveling on a school bus by themselves with strangers or even

traveling to school and back alone. It’s a great way to bond with your grandchild and it also gets you out

of the house each day.

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One Response to Grandma Duties: 5 Ways To Help Raise Your Grandchild

  1. Lyndsey Rullman says:

    I bet you’re a wonderful grandmother. Both my parents passed when I was young. I know my dad would have been an amazing PaPa.

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