Grandparenthood Pros And Cons

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In the US, grandparenthood, on average, starts at fifty years old for women and at fifty-two years old for men. When people think of entering the grand parenting stage they think of becoming a valued elderly member, being able to keep family traditions going, and also being able to have the joy of being around babies and children occasionally. Most people do not think they will have to become the primary caregiver of their grandchildren, but sometimes this is exactly what happens. A skipped generation family is a type of family where the grandparent takes full custody and responsibility for their grandchild. Many reasons arise for this to come about and there are many different pros and cons for all of those involved. Each situation is…show more content…
Most grandparent want to see their grandchildren occasionally and only step in when they have to. The grandparents in a skipped generation family will say there are pros and cons to taking sole custody and responsibility for their children’s children. Some of the cons are not being able to relax as older adults are supposed to. If they are older grandparents who are already retired they may feel as though they should be able to relax or travel. Having their grandchildren day in and day out will cause them to not be able to do some of the things they want to do. Another con is stress. Raising children can be stressful, but raising children who are not yours will cause a different level of stress. Of course the good out ways the bad and there are many pros that the grandparents will say get them through this situation. Being able to see their grandchildren frequently brings them closer together. Another pro for the grandparents is being able to help out. Most grandmothers and grandfathers will feel good to be helping out their own kin. Parents have pros and cons too. If substance abuse is a problem, a pro for a parent may be that while the child is residing with the grandparent they are able to go get the help and rehabilitation that they need in order to stop the substance abuse and be able to be a better…show more content…
In the beginning of the series, she has feelings of worry and fear. This shows the internalizing problems evolving. Throughout the series, Heidi and her grandfather become closer and build a bond (Ballantine 2015). Yes, this is just a fictional TV show, but there are many real problems in it that skipped generation children
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