The Washington Post l featured a terrific story about how much we need grandmother’s help is raise our young families. Staff writer and financial expert Michele Singletary, shared her childhood experience with her grandmother and her own siblings. Singletary called grandmothers the financial safety net for young grandchildren.
But grandmothers are not only that financial safety net but also an emotional safety net for siblings as kids. Younger siblings are happier and healthier when grandmother’s pitch in. Not only sibling get that boost from Grandma being there but Mom’s and Dad’s are less psychologically stressed if grandmother’s support their family taking over some of the multiple parental chores to raise young siblings.
Even picking up after school ,babysitting or helping in a garage sale make grandmothers a blessing. Making a missing baby book for the second third and fourth kid did who not get one, as parents were overwhelmed, is a huge support for parents and kids.
Grandmother’s help can be a key to making kids president as I said in my blog on September 6h. Both President Obama and President Clinton were raised in part by their grandmothers. Or take the Grandma in Chief , Michele Obama’s Mom ,who watches over the Obama daughters as their parents try to raise a healthy siblings and speed all over the country.
Involving Dad’s more and asking Baby Boomer grandparents for help may be the number one and number two rules for Generation X and Y needs to navigate raising siblings today. In this financially difficult world, where two parents work, sometimes multiple jobs, this may a mantra for Mom’s- reach out to your own Mom.