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Old 01-29-2011, 09:21 AM   #41
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... is actually a live-in nanny, spending several nights a week away from her husband in order to relieve her daughter-in-law from the stress of motherhood. The grandmothers feed the kids, bathe them, take them to school, take them to the doctor and even meet with teachers. So where are the parents? Are they employed in some high flying careers with little time for child rearing? Nope. In every single case, one of the parents is a stay-at-home parent. That's right. But the stay-at-home-parents dump the kids on granny's lap so that they can have some "me time". Time to surf the web, take a nap, go shopping, go to the movies with friends, etc... I mean, when your kids are in school all day, how much more free time do you need to goof around? It seems crazy to me.
Disclaimer: no kids, so obviously no grandchildren.

This is indeed crazy. What I am missing here is why aren't the SAH parents joining in with granny AND the child(ren) for "all together" time?

I could understand if there were newborns involved, i.e. allow the mother some recovery time from childbirth. Or if there was a physical disability situation where the mother needed legitimate assistance. I detect an absence of either type of situation.

And the kids are in school ? Huh?

It is clearly up to your mom and aunts to draw their own lines here.

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Old 01-29-2011, 09:35 AM   #42
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Ever have your kid come home from school and just throw crap on the floor, not pick up after themselves, complain because they don't like dinner, want you to drop everything to haul them to their "gonna die if I don't get there social life with some obvious numb skulls"...
Lord, that sure brings back bad memories to me... Now with my children at 25 and 21, and one out of the house already, I am going to cherish the years of freedom we are going to have.

When the time comes, I think we will most likely help out with grandchildren if we are needed. But young folks nowadays do not want children. None of our nieces and nephews in their 30s and late 20s talk about having a family. In fact, only 2 out of 10 even got married, and it looks like they will not have kids.

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