A lot of families just to make ends meet have to have both parents working. They also have kids that they can’t afford daycare for, so a lot of parents turn to the grandparents to take care of the grandkids.
The economy is bad. Sometimes a child’s parents both have to work to make ends meet.
Sometimes a teenager can stay home themselves while the parents work. But if your grandchild is four years old, she needs somebody to take care of her. Maybe the parents can’t afford day care, so they turn to the children’s grandparents.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics for 60% of parents have children under age 18. In 2005-2006 a lot of homes had both parents work outside the home.
In 1975 less than a third of mothers worked outside the house. Today, 42% are stay at home moms because the unemployment rate is so high that these mothers have no choice to stay home if they can’t find a job.
Before you volunteer to watch the grandchildren, be sure you know that you are physically able to take care of kids, this also means you have to have enough energy as younger children are into everything and you have to watch them constantly.
Rememer your grandchildren will be your life. If you have friends that don’t care for grandchildren and are quite active, you might want to have a socially active lifestyle. If you are watching children you won’t have that,
But, if you are retired and bored and have nothing to do, but like to be active, but your friends don’t socialize, this is the perfect opportunity to have something to do. You can talk to parents, for example, of children at your grandson’s Little League game. They may be younger than you, but they can be really nice. You can socialize with them at the game and still take care of your grandchild.
Ask your spouse or partner if they agree with you to do this. It will affect that other person’s life, too If you agree to do this and the man doesn’t like the idea, it might be a strain in your relationship.
Just because you are asked doesn’t mean you have to do it. Talk to your children and explain why you cannot do it.I am sure your children will understand.
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