July 8, 2011
Parenting, unarguably, is the toughest job in the world. When grandparents help raise or raise their grandchildren, it can be a challenge, to say the least.
A few benefits can have as far as parenting a second time around include experience. Although some schools of thought may have changed, parenting a small child or baby has not changed much. Grandparents, if they are lucky, may also be more financially secure and have more free time. Both of which can be a great advantage when raising a child. Grandparents who are retired or semi retired have the luxury of not having to rush to work or meetings.
Grandparents can have more patience with their grandchildren, but may also have more medical issues than when they were parenting the first time. Changing diapers is easier when the child is either a newborn or a toddler who can pick himself up on a bed. Lifting a heavy toddler can take a toll on the back and knees. Grandparents with partners can work out the details of who lifts and changes. Take it slow and don’t sweat the small stuff. Enjoy the time with your grandchild that time rushed through the first time around.