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Baby-sitting for grandparents

 

Last updated 3/1/2019 at 1:09am

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Baby-sitting is one way that grandparents can be a frequent fixture in their grandchildren's lives. If it's been some time since caring for little children, it's well worth it to take a refresher course in child care.

TEMECULA – Witnessing children getting older and starting their own lives and families can be bittersweet. There is pride that comes with seeing their successes, but the melancholy of knowing that the years have passed so quickly. Although parents may no longer be tucking their children into bed, reading them bedtime stories or bandaging their "boo-boos," when adult children have children, the chance to nurture can start anew.

One of the great joys that comes from having adult children is the ability to welcome and love grandchildren. Grandchildren are points of light in people's lives and provide the exuberance and excitement that reminds them of their own youth. Grandparents often are thrilled to be involved in the care and upbringing of their grandchildren. Some may also live with their grandchildren to help take some pressures off their adult children.

baby-sitting is one way that grandparents can be a frequent fixture in their grandchildren's lives. If it's been some time since caring for little children, it's well worth it to take a refresher course in child care.

Check the safety of the home.

Grandparents should conduct a safety audit of their home if their grandchildren will be coming over. Are the outlets secured with covers? Are medications placed out of sight and out of reach? Are there gates to block stairs or restrict access to certain rooms? Modifications may be needed.

Make a health assessment.

Chasing after children can be a workout. Grandparents should be sure they are up for the challenge and have the stamina to baby-sit. If they have any medical conditions that can impair judgement or reaction time, they might want to reconsider baby-sitting.

Take directions from the child's parents.

The way grandparents parented may not be the same way their children parent. Grandparents should be humble and follow their children's lead with regard to instructions. The parenting guide "Apt Parenting" advised that grandparents should ask about the eating and sleeping habits of the child, deferring to their children's guidelines on discipline and behavior.

Learn what's new.

Many things regarding child care have changed in the last 20 years, including safety laws and guidelines. Grandparents should be sure they are up-to-date on these changes, and if they aren't certain about something, ask. These changes could involve everything from crib bar widths to car seat installation.

Baby-sitting can be a joyous task for grandparents who are ready for the job.

 

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