Would really like to hear from others in this situation. There might be some variations in how we got here but the end result is that more & more grandparents are raising grandkids. For us it was the best decision we ever made. She brings us such joy and love. Because of something she says or does, I laugh out loud everyday.
Then there is the flip side. She didn't come with a trust fund which means taking things easier or early retirement went out the window. It isn't just the financial hardships, its the socialization. Friends my age have empty nests and have grandkids that just come visit leaving them with time to do what they want. I don't really fit in with her friends moms either because of the age difference.
Don't get me started on the schools. i've got at least an hour of homework supervision each night! On top of that, our school has "math night & science night" every two weeks whch is "an opportunity for involved parents to learn skills to enhance your child's educational future". In other words, I get guilted into these sessions because I'm terrified she will resent me because I was old & didn't have the energy to do it all.
Any other frustrated grams & gramps out there?
I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand. ~Susan B. Anthony