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Families Are Relying On Grandparents More Than Ever

By Stephanie Precourt |

Grandparents are saving the day for many families financially and as caregivers.

Yes, it happens to be the ten-year anniversary of September 11, but it’s also Grandparents Day, and boy do they deserve to be celebrated more than ever. Many families rely on grandma and grandpa to help make ends meet (and as Madeline wrote recently, it’s not such a bad thing to have grandparents more present in kids’ lives.)  But, what happens when the grandparents – and their money- is gone?  It seems as parents  continue to consume and over-schedule with lessons and sports, grandparents are often helping with the bills. They’ve become the financial safety net in many families that are making less money and having a hard time keeping up.

In my own experience, I watched my grandparents help out for a lot of the big ticket items we needed — like my braces and other things here and there. Now I find myself helping where I can as my grandmother is recently widowed and on a very fixed income. I’m not implying that the roles are completely reversed, because she is still able to provide for herself comfortably and I have my own family with financial struggles like everyone else. But my kids’ grandparents (my parents and my husband’s parents) now step in for us when needed. Of course we’d never ask them to pay for frivolous or recreational things (I think if things are tight that sacrifices should be made), but if in an emergency, we’d definitely be able to go to them for help. And, like many parents these days the grandparents are usually our only (free) babysitter, and that helps out tremendously.

Do your kid’s grandparents play a big role in their lives to help out or make ends meet?


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0 thoughts on “Families Are Relying On Grandparents More Than Ever

  1. Jenna says:

    My husband’s parents live close by and are our only baby sitter as well since we could never aford to pay someone. Not helping us make ends meat per se but definitly helping us keep our sanities and marriage intact. :)

  2. Kate P. says:

    I would never be able to do half of what I do if not for grandparents! My mother, especially, has been a God-send. Not only does she babysit for free (and even take a sick baby overnight so I can get a night of uninterrupted sleep!), but she has the most incredible relationship with my kids – the kind I can’t and shouldn’t have. She spoils them (in a good way – with lots of love and attention), buys them the crazy presents we can’t afford but the kids want, takes them on trips they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. And she takes pictures. While my hands, and attention, are busy with keeping everyone safe, well-behaved, and other details involved in every day life, she stands back and takes pictures of all moments big and small. Happy Grandparents Day!

  3. Manjari says:

    My parents are a huge help. They only live an hour away, so we see them about twice a month. My mom is the best babysitter, though she can’t do it as often as she’d like because she works full time. For my parents, my kids are the most important people in the world. They are even saving to contribute to the kids’ college education.

  4. Megan says:

    When my husband lost his job 2.5 years ago, it was the middle of the school year, and the middle of a recital year for my son in dance classes. It was his second year of dance and my mom picked up the cost of the classes and the recital costumes so that my son didn’t have to quit dance. She also payed for his Cub Scout uniform/book the following year and continues to do so. My husband finally found a part-time job last month, so hopefully by spring we can be caught up on old overdue bills and start paying for my son’s dance classes again.

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