Par­ent­ing tips: Grand­par­ents are here to help

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

ONE of the most im­por­tant re­la­tion­ships a child has be­yond their par­ents is the one with their grand­par­ents.

The role grand­par­ents play sup­port­ing par­ents is very im­por­tant, but it is also one that can take time to get used to and in­volves strong com­mu­ni­ca­tion so ev­ery­one is work­ing as a team.

This week we will dive into some use­ful tips when it comes to the role of grand­par­ents and how the en­tire fam­ily can ben­e­fit from these spe­cial peo­ple.

BE WILL­ING, EN­THU­SI­AS­TIC AND AVAIL­ABLE

Whether it’s a new baby in the house or an ac­tive tod­dler, a bit of ex­tra sup­port and help is usu­ally grate­fully re­ceived by par­ents.

If you’re a grand­par­ent, let it be known that you’re avail­able to help out and be en­thu­si­as­tic about it.

Your will­ing­ness to help will be a great sup­port to the par­ents.

That help could be mind­ing the chil­dren, mak­ing a gro­cery run, pick­ing up a child from day care or just lis­ten­ing to the par­ent when their hav­ing a bad day.

If you’re a par­ent it can be easy to try to do ev­ery­thing your­self and of­ten it is dif­fi­cult to ask for help.

It’s im­por­tant that you do reach out for a bit of help, this doesn’t make you a lesser par­ent.

If you’ve got will­ing grand­par­ents around, in­volve them in their grand­kid’s life.

Have them come around and spend time with the fam­ily, but also ask them to mind the kids while you head out whether it’s to do the shop­ping or whether it’s a long-needed cof­fee date with friends.

Re­mem­ber this is a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for par­ents and grand­par­ents

Re­mem­ber ev­ery­one has dif­fer­ent par­ent­ing styles.

If you’re a grand­par­ent you may no­tice your child is par­ent­ing dif­fer­ently then you did, but try not to nit-pick and cor­rect them.

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