GRAND Magazine - March/April 2018 - 27

Families then and now

O

Family lifestyles with two working parents have
f course, society itself is running on customs and norms that may seem significantly opened a need, an opportunity - and in some cases a
feeling of obligation - for grandparents to fill the gap
different from what we've experienced
left by inadequate or unaffordable childcare options.
before. When most of today's grandparents grew
Another recent study found that 97% of famiup, our society was no longer based on an extended
lies receive some help from grandparents - ranging
family living in the same house. Yet grandparents
from providing consistent general childcare to taking
often lived in the same town and saw their grandchildren frequently - for fun, for babysitting, or both. on specific responsibilities such as dropping off and
picking up from
The traditional
daycare, to steparrangement of
ping in to help in
dad working and
case of unexpected
mom staying
circumstances.
home with the
There's no reason
kids was mostly
a relationship
in place. It was
between a mother
changing in the
and her mother-in1970s and 1980s,
law can't be warm
but subtly. In the
and rewarding -
decades since
and many are. It's all
then, with the rise
about compromise,
in families with
communication and
two employed
consideration - and
parents, families
it's worth putting
are looking for a
your best effort into
new definition of
Family Ties (TV series 1982 - 1989)
establishing the
roles.
right kind of connections with all the "planets" in
A government study analyzing data from 2016,
found that 70.5% of women with children are work- the baby's universe. According to Vern Bengtson, a
professor at the University of Southern California's
ing outside the home, and for women with children
under 6 years old, the number was nearly 65%. That School of Social Work, in an article in the New York
Post, "These intergenerational connections are prodoesn't make the decision any easier for parents to
provide care for their child when they're working - so tective factors for a lot of life risk conditions." A positive relationship is healthy for you. And maybe most
experts advise that grandparents refrain from comimportant of all: It's good for the GRANDbaby!
paring or judging.

27 GRAND

MARCH APRIL 2018

Getting grandparents off to
a great start!

Walking on
Eggshells: Navigating
the Delicate
Relationship Between
Adult Children and
Parents
Author: Jane Isay

Reluctantly Related:
Secrets to Getting
Along With Your
Mother-in-Law or
Daughter-in-Law
Author:
Deanna Brann

Good to Be Grand:
Making the Most of
Your Grandchild's
First Year
Author:
Cheryl Harbour

Cheryl Harbour is the special editor of the "My
GRANDbaby" section and author of Good to Be
Grand: Making the Most of your Grandchild's First
Year, a combination of up-to-date information and
grandparently inspiration.


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