Easing the Burden of "Second Parenthood"
More Americans than ever are assuming the responsibility of caring for their children's children.
What's causing the increase? According to Martha Crowther, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Alabama, some reasons are:
Crowther, a facilitator of Grandparents United, a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren, helps grandparents deal with the following unexpected results of this new family dynamic:
You or someone you know can find support in your community and through programs that help grandparentsdeal with the frustrations of their new role while educating them to be better caregivers. Organizations,websites, and materials are here to help:
Brookdale Foundation Group
126 East 56th St.
New York, NY 10022-3668
Request a free copy of the foundation's book, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Guide to Finding Help and Hope, by Marianne Takas. Send a check for $4 (to cover shipping and handling) to the Brookdale Foundation at the above address.
The Foundation for Grandparenting
198 Farnham Road
Ojai, CA 93023
Committed to promoting the importance of grandparenthood.
122 C St., N.W., Ste. 820
Washington, DC 20001
Fosters intergenerational collaboration on public policy and programs to improve the lives of children, youth, and the elderly.
Grandparent Information Center
601 E St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20049
Serves those raising grandchildren who are concerned about their visitation rights, step-grandparents, and traditional grandparents. It publishes a free newsletter, Parenting Grandchildren, as well as website tip sheets on starting a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren.
154 Cottage Road
Enfield, CT 06082
In partnership with National PTA.
Adapted from "When Grandchildren Live at Grandma and Grandpa's House" inNational PTA's OurChildren magazine.