Grandparents And Grandchildren
Blessed is the child who has a loving grandparent. Don't begrudge the fact that they've learned a lot since having you. Include them in your family life. Here are some ideas:
- First: Everyone needs extra help during the first weeks at home with a new baby. The best person to call upon is usually your mother, your mother-in-law or both.
- Second: After age 6 your child may join grandparents for special summer vacations. Such an experience can provide a treasure of memories.
- Third: Grandparents become invaluable if you have a special needs child with a physical handicap, learning disability, or behavioral problems. Such a child may blossom when taken under the wing of a grandparent.
- Fourth: The issue of discipline often comes up. You certainly want a united front in big areas like toilet training. But, let the small things go. You can always tell your child that he can only do such and such at grandmother's home. Children can understand that.
If you have any questions about your child's health, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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