Grandparenting Support For Caring For Grandchildren

It’s becoming more and more commonplace. I hear of grandparents giving up their vacations, me time, and not to mention those (golden years), as some people call it and refers to retirement…all for their grandkids. It’s very sad thinking about how many parents neglect their own children. Or even more staggering; the population of women who get pregnant that are too sick , too young, or not financially fit to properly care for a child.

So yes, more and more grandmothers and grandfathers are stepping up to the plate and taking over for the sake of their grandchildren. Are you among those grandparents? If so, indeed your life has changed tremendously, and in some cases; not for the better. Your health will play a big role on your new responsibilities, as well as your bank account.

So what can you do as a grandparent to make life easier? Below are 4 of the most important things you will want to take into consideration.


Health – The first thing you need to think about is taking good care of yourself. Simple scenario, if you don’t take care of yourself, how will you take care of your grandbabies? Practice good healthy habits. Eat right, get plenty of exercise and try and turn in early at night so you get the rest you need for the following day.

Support – Join a support group so you can share your concerns with others that relate to the same issues as you. This in itself can be a great help when it comes to your spiritual and mental self. A support group can often give you various perspectives on the many issues that surround your new day to day life and parental responsibilities. Also, if you have a loving and supporting spouse that is going to participate in caring and disciplining, that will most definitely be a big plus.

Parenting Class – You may not think this would be required, especially if you’ve raised more than one child. Trust me, a refresher parenting course may be just what you need. Things have changed a great deal in the past 20 to 30 years. When we were expecting our first (and only so far), I attended a class with my daughter-in-law, it was quite the enlightening experience. I could not believe just how very much I learned in that one afternoon.

Religion – God should certainly be the center of our lives, in everything we do. If you believe in God, prayer and fellowship with others in your community will be a tremendous help. Remember, God takes care of those who help themselves. Many think that phrase is in the Bible, however, it is not. It’s a famous quote from Greek mythology. Pray to Your God and teach your grandbabies to pray.

On the financial end of things, you may be able to get some financial aid. I’m sure it will depend on your income and various things. Check the following page for details Here

Above are just 4 things (the most important IMHO) to think about if you decide to take over parenting your grandchildren. It certainly won’t be easy. Take into account the tips above and also take life day by day and don’t worry about tomorrow. Worry only yieilds stress. 😉

Article By Tammy Embrich

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Crafts With Grandparents

I thought the following(request for contribution) was a lovely post about family and a fun craft idea. Thank you Olivia. 🙂

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With all of the technology around, it may be hard for some grandparents to get their grandchildren to put down the laptop or game controller and convince the children to spend more time with them. Here are two crafts you can do with your own grandchildren that will engage them and perhaps pave the way towards a closer relationship with them.


The Story of Mom/Dad

By creating a book of what their parent’s life was like growing up, they’ll not only learn something, but will feel closer to your and their parent. What you’ll need is a scrapbook, decorative paper, scissors, glue or tape, family photos through the years, and markers or pens. You can get any of these supplies at your local craft store. Bring your grandchild with you so they can help pick out the scrapbook and paper.

Go through old pictures of your son or daughter and share stories about what your grandchild’s father or mother was like. Start from when he or she was a baby and work your way up to the present. Each page in the scrap book can contain either one picture or a bunch of pictures cut out with a part of the story written out. Decide who will cut pictures, who will write the story and who will glue everything down. If you don’t have a picture for a particular story you’d like to share, ask your grandchild to draw what he or she think happened and include it in the book.

When it’s finished, it can be something your grandchild and you can treasure together or it can be used as a Mother’s Day/Father’s Day gift or as a birthday present. Be sure to include your grandchild’s name and yours on the title page.

Where Do I Come From?

Another craft you can do with your grandchild that is educational and entertaining is centered around sharing your nationality. Whether you come from one country or several, it’s important for children to know where they come from. And who’s better suited to teach them than you? For this craft you’ll need poster board or a large map of the world, pictures from photo albums or magazines that depict your culture, scissors, glue or tape, a frame big enough to display your board or map, and something to hang it on.

What you are going to make together is a wall decoration that will display the pride of your family’s heritage. First, discuss with your grandchild what countries you come from. Talk about what makes each country unique and what it has to do with your family. Then ask if he or she has any ideas on where to get pictures showing these aspects. You can use family photos, images from magazines or pictures you find online.

Once you have all your pictures ready, cut them out and place them on your board. If you are using a map, try to place the pictures near the country they belong to. If there isn’t enough room, spread them out and draw arrows or lines going from the pictures to the country. If you’re using poster board, create any design you want.

When you have everything where you want it, use glue or tape to attach all your pictures. This is something your grandchild can do on his or her own. Once everything is glued down, wait for it to dry, then place it in the frame and hang it up where everyone will see. Be sure to sign your names at the bottom so everyone will know who created such a wonderful piece.
These two ideas can go a long way to bridging the gap between grandparent and grandchild. Give them a try and see how well you bond together. Have fun!

Olivia Nicholas is a writer, blogger and mom. She manages her home business of Plug In Candles and in her spare time loves to read, write and travel.

Grandmothers and Daughter-In-Laws – 5 Helpful Tips For A Healthy Relationship

By Tammy Embrich

I have a wonderful relationship with my daughter-in-law. We get along so well, especially regarding caring for my new grandson. 🙂

Some people can’t admit to this, as it can be a sticky situation. Maybe there is jealousy going on? Or you have very different opinions about child discipline. And this is fine…various opinions are OK. As long as you abide by your son and daughter-in-law’s wishes, especially if you care for your grandbabies full or part time.

You can be a great Grandmother and still get along beautifully with your son’s wife. However, there are certain things you just simply need to stay out of. There is nothing worse than an interfering Mother-In-Law or Grandmother.

Do you have issues with this? Do you feel it’s hard to stay out of your son and Daughter-In-Law’s affairs? Below are some helpful tips.


1. Communication – Staying connected with your daughter-in-law is vital to your relationship. Lack of communication can most definitely break that connection. It is important to always talk about everything that is a concern for both parties.

2. Respect – Always respect and be considerate of each other’s opinions, feelings, and thoughts.

3. Don’t be an interfering Mother-In-Law – It’s always a bad idea to put your 2 cents worth in where it doesn’t belong. It’s best to stay out of your son’s business after he has married. You need to let them make their own decisions as well as mistakes. They need to grow and find their own way. However, if your opinion or advice is asked for, then by all means, give it.

4. Be happy for your son and daughter-in-law – Your child has found his perfect spouse. Be happy for them and make it a habit to always celebrate their love for each other. This is so very important for your children’s healthy relationships.

5. Don’t show favoritism between your in law and your own child – If you do, there will sure to be problems lurking. Treat them both the same, as these are YOUR kids. Their birthdays is a perfect example for this. Don’t celebrate more for one than the other. You have a wonderful family, enjoy them and always treat them equally.

Family is so very important. You should be extremely happy that your child has found someone that makes them happy and complete. Then when your grandchildren come along, you will have a much better relationship with all of them.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

Tammy is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. You can find more parenting and grandparenting articles, tips, and more at Grandparenting Articles and Tips

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