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Parentless parenting

16 February
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Michael Grose

With parents having kids later in life, the number of parents whose parents have passed away is on the increase. This has implications for parents and kids.

Parents are raising kids without the support of their own parents. Kids are raised without the benefit of grandparents. This grandparent gap has a cumulative impact.

A number of studies have shown that children who spend considerable time with their grandparents have healthy self-esteem and do well in social situations. They provide unconditional love and complete acceptance.

Parents also have vital allies in the child-rearing process, in their own parents. Baby-sitter, bragger and someone to preserve family traditions and history, grandparents are unheralded but vital in the parenting process.

Are you a parentless parent? Do we devalue the place of grandparents?
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