Grandparents as Caretakers: has it worked for you?
As I was heading to drop off one of the kids at school this morning, I passed a mom and child pulled into a driveway. She was handing off her son, pre-kinder age, to her parents. "Mom, don't worry about it," she said. It seemed like a regular arrangement for grandma to be watching the tot, just about as regular as another family I pass often, where mom pulls over, many times double parked, to lug her infant-in-carseat up several front steps to her dad, always waiting for her atop the stairs.
Grandparents can play a crucial role in rearing our little ones. I, myself, spent a lot of time with all of my living grandparents - my mom's parents and my dad's mom took turns taking care of me from the time I was born. I was even sent back to my parents' native country, the Philippines, for a while when I was around a year old, so that my parents could work odd hours and study to pass licensing exams.
Rearing my own children, I didn't have the support network of nearby family where they could play a daily role in helping with childcare.
Having loved growing up with my grandparents, and now watchiing how adoring my own kids are of their own grandparents, I love to hear stories of grandparents developing a routine with their grandkids, a special, regular relationship and intimacy with one another. Have you had your children's grandparents involved, on a regular basis, with childcare? How has that been?