Advice

Should grandparents be babysitters?

Should grandparents be babysitters?

Having the grandparents provide babysitting lets you save money while providing a closer bond between grandparents and grandkids. If they do feel like you are taking advantage of them, however, you hope they will speak up. You don’t want the relationship to suffer because of it.

Why does my toddler not like her grandma?

There are many reasons why this could be happening. Your toddler might perceive grandma as a complete stranger who comes at her trying to kiss her with big glasses and strong perfume – or maybe their voice sounds scary… or they really don’t know her as much. Their attitude can also contribute…

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How Long Should grandparents visit?

According to her research, grandparents who live at a long distance tend to travel less often to visit and they stay longer, but the average number of visits that long-distance grandparents make each year is two to four times for trips lasting 5 to 10 days each.

Why don’t grandparents show a lot of interest in their grandchildren?

I can think of a few reasons a grandparent might not show a lot of interest in their grandchildren. The first reason that comes to mind is not having a lot of free time. Many grandparents are still very involved in their careers. They may work long hours, at a stressful job, and simply don’t have the time or energy to dote on young children.

Do parents need to make more of an effort to remember grandchildren?

My answer is usually, “no.” It’s tempting for a parent to sit down with their own mom or dad and have a talk about how they need to make more of an effort to remember the grandkids’ birthdays, graduations, special achievements, but rarely is this effort responded to with enthusiasm or renewed vigor.

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How do you deal with an absent grandparent?

Listen to how the children feel about the absent grandparents; don’t interrupt or make excuses but listen. Let them know they’ve done nothing wrong and it is a teachable moment to talk about family and what it means. We won’t be able to convince our kids someone cares about them when actions say otherwise.

Do kids need two sets of grandparents?

Many youngsters are fortunate to have two sets of nurturing and supportive grandparents. Many times, however, kids are faced with one set of grandparents who actively participate in their lives and another who seem to interact reluctantly or not at all.