Grandma Duties: 5 Ways To Help Raise Your Grandchild
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
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.
- Lisa has been blogging since 2013, and loves sharing resources and ideas for living a simple life. To get free printables, bonus words, and more - sign up for the newsletter.
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.