Accept the Children as Your Own
Life will be much easier for you if you accept the grandchildren as your own and hold no animosity against them for their parent’s inability to care for them. In other words, just love the baby.
Make Time for Yourself Daily
If caring for an infant grandchild your old nerves are going to need a daily break. Contract a babysitter for a couple of hours a day whether you need to leave the house or not. Then use this time to do the things you cannot do while watching over an infant. It’s just some stress free time for Grandmother and Grandfather to take care of daily chores without distractions. When needing more time you may want to consider using a day care facility, especially if you are working a full time job.
Finding yourself raising grandchildren will cause emotional stress with your spouse as well as daily living. You and your spouse will find yourselves at odds as to how to handle the situation, try to handle these times as a discussion and not an argument. When bed time comes have these items solved or leave them for another day without holding any animosity toward each other. Keep your relationship strong, there will be times that you and your spouse’s strength will be all you have to lean on.
Caring for Grand baby
When you have grand babies you spoil them and then send them home, well not always. It does not always work like that. There are no short cuts for giving care to a baby, you will have to spend the same amount of time and work that you did with your own children. There are no secrets or magic tricks that can be offered to make things easier, just be sure to take care of yourself and stay physically and mentality able to handle the task.
If your children are unable to care for your grandchildren you may need to contact your local Dept. of Child Protection Impermanence representative, most commonly known as “Social Services” to see what resources are available to you. You may be eligible to receive funds to help pay for day care, babysitters, and medical needs.
If you do not take care of you, there will be nothing left to give to others. Finding yourself in the position of raising grandchildren can be a very traumatic experience. Use all the resources available to you. Do not be afraid to search out and make use of these resources.