Thursday 8 December 2016

Time to have a delicate conversation with indulgent grandparents

Published 09/04/2014 | 02:30

Grandparents' generosity with food has been linked to obesity in children
Grandparents' generosity with food has been linked to obesity in children
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There is no love like the love of a grandparent – but can it sometimes be too much? As all working parents know having the grandparents mind your child is the ideal solution. You know your child will be loved and protected and you can go to work without a backward glance.

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As someone who has had a range of child minders, some good, some not so good, I've always thought the holy grail would be for a grandparent to do the minding.

Parents have always relied on grandparents to help out with childcare but the recession has meant that even more grandparents are being asked to become full or part-time childminders as many parents cannot afford formal childcare anymore. A report published in 2010 – Growing Up in Ireland – showed that 12pc of infants are cared for full-time by their grandparents, with 33pc of grandparents doing some childminding every week.

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