Parenting tips: Grandparents are here to help
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.