GRAND Magazine - November/December 2011 - (Page 40)

Grandparents survival guide When you’re babysitting, the boy Scouts’ motto is probably the best advice: Be Prepared. by clARiSSA THomASSoN AND TiffANy SHARPe photos: ©, © B abysitting your grandkids is a piece of cake, right? “We’ll be fine,” you tell the parents. “Don’t worry. Just have a good time!” The door closes. The car starts. Off they go. And then it hits you. You’re in their environment—their house, their town. And you’re on your own. Help! You’re perfectly capable of taking charge, but not without some planning. A list provided by the parents of names, phone numbers, directions, and likes and dislikes of the children will go a long way in turning a visit with the grandkids into an enjoyable experience rather than a disaster. First and foremost, you’ll need a healthcare permission slip signed and dated by the parents—giving you permission to seek medical care for the children, should it be required; the children’s insurance cards—the originals; the pediatrician’s name, phone number and office address; directions to the nearest hospital; a list of any medications the children are taking (where to find them, when to 40 GRAND Nov Dec 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - November/December 2011

GRAND - Nov./Dec. 2011
Grand View
Tips on Talking With Grandkids
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand Central
No More Questions
How Hip Are You?
’Tis the Season to Be Techie!
Cover Story: Golden Grandparents’ Rule #1
The Secret Guest
Spirituality for Grandkids
Stocking Stuffers and Beyond...
Have a Noble Holiday
Grandparents Survival Guide
Saving Pirate Ryan
Kinship Care Resources
Grandpa’s Dream

GRAND Magazine - November/December 2011