Opinion Editorial

Monday 23 October 2017

Give the grandparents a break - they need it

The majority of grandparents want to help out, but do they want a full-time child-minding job in their retirement; and are they equipped, emotionally or physically, for what is, after all, a demanding job?
The majority of grandparents want to help out, but do they want a full-time child-minding job in their retirement; and are they equipped, emotionally or physically, for what is, after all, a demanding job?
Editorial

Editorial

Most parents use them as the fallback position because they know that they won't say 'no.' That's grandparents for you.

For most people, this involves calling on the grandparents to collect the children because you are running late, or to take them for the occasional afternoon because there is a football match/lunch you must attend.

But it seems from new research that because of the high cost of childcare, grandparents are not just an occasional emergency option, but expected to become full-time, unpaid childminders for a generation under financial pressure.

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