Who do you turn to in a crisis? A new survey suggests grandparents carry out 254 favours a year for the grandchildren. The list varies from taking them to the dentist to getting nanny to bake for the school fete. This obviously will vary greatly from family to family. Afterall the age of the grandparents will be an obvious influencer. My parents both still work with my mum being Head of Year at a local school. She has less time and inclination to bake cakes than me! Yet they have the children overnight when needed, like last weekend so I could attend Britmums Live.
I also balked a bit at the (often typical) expectation that it is ‘nanny’ who does the majority of caring / babysitting. My dad looks after Erin on Mondays and certainly does jobs for me from decorating to babysitting. These grandparents though are often known as a sandwich generation. They are helping their children and grandchildren out whilst often caring for their own elderly parents. My dad is the most hands on with helping with childcare because he has more flexibility from working self employed. My amazing mum is head of year at a large school and works full time. Yet still another survey that sticks to the stereotyping rather than recognising family diversity!
I think the relationship grandparents have with grandchildren is very important and I think they do need quality time together but I am surprised by the figure 254, as that equates to about 4 tasks a week.
I am lucky as my parents only live 20 minutes away however my inlaws live nearer three hours away and so therefore it is less hands on. The top chores we recieve help for are:
TOP 20 MOST REQUESTED GRANDPARENT JOBS
1. Babysitting when we’re on nights out
2. Childcare if one of the kids is ill
3. Babysitting in the school holidays
4. Painting and decorating
5. Babysitting if we are away with work
6. Cooking meals on busy days
7. Attend kids’ school events
8. Waiting in for a delivery
9. Cutting the grass
10. Collecting a parcel for you
11. Small DIY jobs i.e. change light-bulbs, replace fuses
12. Cleaning the house
13. Putting up pictures, mirrors shelves
14. Car maintenance
15. Generally tidying-up
16. Cooking cakes for school f�tes
18. Washing the families clothes
20. Tidy the garden
However do be aware when leaving them as I remember my first day of teacher training I left Chloe with mum. Unknown to mum, Chloe and her uncle Sam climbed up onto his bed and decided to to get down a plaster of paris kit which as they struggled to get off the shelf. The bag of plaster powder burst over Chloe and in a panic mum decided to wash it off Chloe. Cue the powder becoming sticky and getting in her eyelashes. A trip to A&E was soon underway, thankfully all was ok! There was also the time when she got lego stuck up her nose when the grandparents were in charge! They are lucky I don’t speak to solicitors like those from Leo Claims to claim for personal injury compensation on a no win no fee basis!!
I would like to know which ones your parents help with – are you the person getting an average 254 tasks carried by the grandparents? If you do I hope you say thank you with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit, I fully recommend the new Maryland gooeys as I was sent some recently and they are our new favourite!
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