I’ve noticed this too. I agree that it’s much better than daycare. Much better for families to take care of each other. I was in a mom group a little while ago and one of the other mom’s mom (a grandma) would come in occasionally and she said that when she was growing up all the grandmas would get together and take care of the grandkids while the moms went to work in the factories. She wasn’t originally from America but I can’t remember what country she came from. (I think Netherlands? Can’t recall)I’m not sure this is even a problem but I’ve noticed a lot of grandparents taking care of their grandchildren and quite frankly looking exhausted.
This is a better option than putting your child in daycare all day but I can’t help but feel bad for the grandparents. Unless they are volunteering to care-then it’s on them. Lately though, it seems like I talk to more grandmothers than mothers in my baby’s “mommy and me” classes. Even at the park, I found myself talking to a grandpa about potty training. He told me he cares for her while her mom and dad are at work.
I would say close to half are being taken care of by grandparents in my daughter’s library music class. I actually sat there and counted this week. 9 grandmas, 6 moms, and 1 grandpa.
My cousin is 73 and she watches my cousin’s 2 year old daughter. She came to visit and complained how tired she was and how she couldn’t keep up. The toddler now goes to daycare part time to give her a break. I know both my cousin and her husband have to work to afford their new house, though.
I had a help a panicked grandmother get her granddaughter out of her car seat the other day. She thanked me and said “I know it was simple for you to get her out but I’m old and I don’t have the strength.”
It’s weird….not saying it’s bad.