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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Grandparents who help watch the grandchildren are the lucky ones

Through Christmas, we've had some extended time with our grandchildren, especially with 3-year-old Walt when both his parents had to work. Things like vacuuming and post-holiday straightening didn't get done. A trip to the park and playtime with the cousins did.

Lucky are the grandparents who get to see their grandchildren often. Luckier still are the children whose grandparents get to play a part in their lives — sometimes a large part.

A few years ago I read statistics that told of an amazing number of grandparents who help with the care of their grandchildren. There are an estimated 8 million children being raised by grandparents in America today and a larger number who are cared for part-time daily by grandparents. The grandparents who have total responsibility for bringing up grandchildren when for one reason or another their parents can't do it are the ones who really deserve credit. read more...

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