In this feature, Flying Start showcases ‘The Role of The Modern Grandparent’ as seen on www.iamtypecast.com.
The Typecast blog is written by Nickie O’Hara- wife to one, Mum to three and Nana to two. She works full time for an educational charity, is studying for a Social Science degree with the Open University and writes, cross-stitches and tap dances to “relax” (although not at the same time). You can read more about Nickie here.
The Role Of The Modern Grandparent
I know I’m not quite the norm when it comes to being a grandparent (stop sniggering at the back, you know what I mean) but when I read research highlighted by The Telegraph it appears that children cared for by their grandparents whilst the parents go out to work are better developed both in social and emotional aspects.
To me, this is only representative of traditional families where, maybe, the grandparents are old enough to have retired and are in fairly good health. It doesn’t take into consideration that there are many families at the extreme of this research, i.e. living longer gives us more reason to start our families later. But also very much not when your family includes a non-traditional ‘Granny at 36′.
I never wanted history to repeat itself with my daughter also becoming a teenage parent, for both selfish and unselfish reasons. I wanted a gap where my husband and I could have a break from little people running around and revel in the fact that we didn’t have to organise enough equipment for an expedition to the South Pole when we were actually only going out for the day in the car. But also, I wanted my daughter to have A Life; one where she could have a few wild years, find a career that she loved and go and do all the things that I would have wanted to do instead of sitting at home surrounded by bottles, nappies, boring routines and a list of “What If’s”.
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