The Great Joy

Great Grand Dad, Great Grand Children
Grandparents the world over are finding they are being thrust into parenting roles, which leaves them drained and some not able to cope. The situation is driven by the need of parents to get ahead and they are pushed by financial burdens and needs into a situation where their children must be cared for out of the home. This involves child-minding by other people and it usually falls into the seniors in order to save money.
The world has changed considerably from the days when girls were home makers. Now it is accepted that they have to do their but to earn income and share the burden of home ownership and other things they require. It is, however, a case of whether or not the older folk can actually replace the parents in their new role.
Many are elderly and some infirm and just carrying a kid in is a burden. In recent conversations with grandmothers who have this situation one, who’s over 60, has to look after some 12 grandchildren during school holidays an at other times 6 of them. She listed the burden of cost since there is no monetary compensation for what she does. Meals, snacks, and even clothing are paid for from her pension.
While a trip to the lake where there are amazing facilities for walking and spending time the amount of grandparents pushing young children in strollers or kicking balls around with them around the oval is telling. This was especially evident during the recent school holidays.
There is no solution to this problem because the focus of everyone appears to be on making money as opposed to caring for children. That lets the question of whether or not having grandchildren is a joy or a greatly overrated occasion.

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