Thursday 22 August 2019

Grandparents shouldn't be used as full time holiday babysitters

By Esther Hayden

A Wexford care specialist said grandparents shouldn't be used as full time babysitters during family holidays.

Stephen Conway, owner and managing director of Home Instead in Wexford said the number of families inviting grandparents on holidays has increased in recent years. 'There are a number of reasons for grandparents being invited on holidays. It's traditionally an opportunity to spend quality time with all generations, leaving behind everyday worries and stresses. However, we firmly believe that inviting a grandparent needs to be for the right reasons.

'In 2014, a survey conducted by online travel agency revealed that 61 per cent of over 2,000 families questioned, invited other family members on holiday with them. Of these, a massive 67 per cent admitted it was so the grandparents could keep an eye on their children and give them a break. What's even more telling is that 42 per cent admitted that the grandparents weren't all that keen on the idea.

'The reality is that grandparents should not be brought on holidays as full time babysitters, no matter how well meaning the intentions are. This situation can lead to family tension and in many cases, resentment. If you are inviting a grandparent on holiday it is important to remember that it is also a time for them to relax, and enjoy the holiday and not be responsible 24/7 for young children.'

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