As a grandparent, you may become the person providing part-time care for your grandchild at times, perhaps on a scheduled day or two during the week or for a few hours here and there.
As a grandparent, your role is unique and important. You are not just “another babysitter.” You have a fundamental connection, providing the continuity between generations that your grandchild will come to understand and respect.
Take advantage of this irreplaceable role. Your involvement with your grandchild, introducing her to your own world, is especially valuable. Treasure it. Make the most of those special days when you are the babysitter, and offer to do it regularly if you’re able. Share stories with your grandchild (and read to him regularly).
At times, you may not be the actual caregiver for your grandchild, but rather you’ll take him to and from a child care center or babysitter. You can make sure he is transported safely in an appropriate restraint, and provide another set of eyes to evaluate the quality of the center or sitter, which will help your grandchild’s parents feel secure in their own choice of a child care setting.