Grandparents - how do families cope without them?
Why does Tusla question the right of grandparents to rear a child? Sarah Carey thinks they might do a better job.
Technically my children have five grandparents. My parents, my husband's parents and my uncle - a bachelor farmer who is a daily part of our lives. Every day, but particularly since this wretched recession hit us, I bless my great fortune that they're there, holding us up in the bad days, making our lives joyful in the good ones.
When my mother-in-law slips me a few quid, when my father collects me from the bus or my mother babysits (again), I feel guilt and gratitude. Some days it's the difference between sinking and survival. When my uncle takes the boys around the fields to see a lamb being born it brings happiness into our hearts.
My husband has had to work abroad for a good part of the recession and while I like to melodramatically claim that I'm single-parenting, that's not true at all. It's a committee job.