Monday 5 December 2016

If grandparents went on strike, we would all be sunk

Published 17/04/2015 | 02:30

A soon-to-be-published study has found that about 60pc of grandparents have looked after their grandchildren at some point in the last month. Of these, one in five looked after them for more than 60 hours per month
A soon-to-be-published study has found that about 60pc of grandparents have looked after their grandchildren at some point in the last month. Of these, one in five looked after them for more than 60 hours per month

When you reach the age of 65 or so, you fancy you've earned the right to put your feet up and relax. Your children are probably raised. You've paid off the mortgage. You've finished your career. The nest might be empty.

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If you still have your health, you have about 15 years before old age really begins to take its toll. That's a long time in which to pursue those hobbies and pastimes you could previously only fitted in between everything else.

But life rarely works out quite as you plan. Suddenly you find that you're having to look after your grandchildren, and not just on the occasional weekend or evening but every working day.

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