From time to time I see grandparents looking after toddlers at shopping centres, parks, libraries, etc. A luxury not afforded to me in this life with elderly, deceased and full time employed grandparents but after seeing some of the scenarios I’ve seen, I’m not sure it’s one that I would want. There are plenty of dedicated grandparents who are full of zest and probably more energy than myself. It’s the other end of the spectrum that concerns me – like the grandad on the bench at the shopping centre play area, paying no attention to his granddaughter who was misbehaving (possibly for attention) while grandad slurps his take away coffee staring into space. Or the grandma too busy socialising with other people her age to notice the two toddlers are playing near a storm water drain. And the biggest one of all – the elderly grandad trying to push a pram next to a trolley (one hand on each) in a steep, full car park. Like I said, some grandparents are fantastic but for some parents I think you need to take the blinkers off and realise when your kids could be at risk or your parents are just too old to keep up.
Posted anonymously, 28th July 2015