- strengthening family bonds
- reducing the financial burden of childcare
- to be close to their grandchildren
- to enable their children to pursue their own careers
- to feel needed
Well, great! When does that more exercise kick in? And the improvement in cognitive abilities? Oh, wait. The exercise takes the form of getting up off the floor after getting down there 50 times every day. And walking the baby around the house and taking walks in the neighborhood and getting up and down from a rocking chair and letting the dog in and out a gazillion times to chase squirrels. The improvement in cognitive ability comes in from remembering whether or not you closed the refrigerator door when you got the bottles out. Or where you left your phone. Or whether or not your phone got wrapped up in that last dirty diaper. BTW, where did you put that last dirty diaper?
Yes, yes. There's humor to be found in a grandparent taking care of grandchildren. And please, let's keep it at grandCHILD because if you throw another one into the mix, I'm OUT.(JK- bring them on!)
So, what is the real reason I chose to stop teaching and become a SAHGM? When I was in grad school I worked in a daycare center until my graduate assistantship started. A friend and I had the class with the two-year-olds and we had a good thing going in there. Those were some smart little kiddos. But I saw, first-hand, what goes on in those places and that's the reason I stayed home and raised the lovelies. Seriously, I don't care how good we think a daycare is, unless you've work in one, you have no idea what really goes on in there. If there is one thing a parent should never have to worry about it's the level of care their children are receiving.
Which comes to my point, finally. I decided to quit teaching to take care of Baby M so that my daughter would not have to worry about the care her daughter was getting. Birdie (Lovely3 and Baby M's mommy) LOVES her job. Her career. She LOVES it! She is an athletic trainer who works clinic in the mornings with orthopedic surgeons and hits the football field with a high school in the afternoons. When football season is over, she's still involved with athletes as the high school has just about every sport known to man. She was our athlete growing up so it was no surprise that she chose something like athletic training as a career. I wanted her to be able to continue loving and working that career without having to worry about Baby M's care.
Yes, Birdie still misses Baby M every day but she never has to worry about the level of care her daughter is getting.
You know, until Grandma's cognitive abilities blow out completely due to the exhaustion from all that exercise.
Bottom line- We do what we can do for family. And seriously, who would want to miss out on this:
Have y'all been caretakers for your grand loves?