A Victorian family have placed an ad for grandparents who might want to spend time with their family.
Yvonne and Alex have three children and with no close family around them they decided to place an ad asking for someone who might like to join their family and be rewarded with unlimited baby cuddles.
Telling Sunrise Yvonne said “With Alex’s family in France, and I am not close to my own mother and my father is deceased it is something our children miss out on.”
They are looking for genuine, honest people to spend time with their children.
Care for Kids actually run an Adopt a Grandparent programme
Carolyn Hyams experienced a strong sense of isolation after the birth of her daughter Ariella (now two and a half). The majority of carolyn’s family live overseas or interstate and Ariella has no grandparents in Australia.
Apart from the moral support offered by having grandparents close by Carolyn is concerned that Ariella is missing out on valuable life experiences which can be gained from engaging with older people.
‘What Ariella is really lacking is senior role models in her life that she can communicate with and form a close bond to. I’m embarrassed to say that she’s even scared of our older generation and doesn’t know how to interact with them,’ said Carolyn.
Carolyn took a proactive approach to the problem at hand and after completing a little research on Adopt-a-Grandparent programmes decided to talk to the director of Ariella’s preschool about the possibility of starting one there.
After her idea was met with a resounding ‘yes’ Carolyn has made it her mission to promote the benefits of Adopt-a-Grandparent programmes to as many child care centre directors, parents and seniors as she can.
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