Help guide for 21st century grandparents

Help guide for 21st century grandparents

The total number of childcare hours taken on by grandparents has increased in recent years by an enormous 35%

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Grandparents, you got to love them, as Hollywood actor Brad Pitt knows. "I phoned my grandparents and my grandfather said 'We saw your movie.' 'Which one?' I said. He shouted 'Betty, what was the name of that movie I didn't like?'" Priceless!

Grandparents Day is on Sunday 6th October so what better time to celebrate the older generation in a fun, yet kind, exposure to the world of our beloved grandparents.

"Worried you might not be a competent granny or grandpa? Well, that's understandable. Grandparenting takes preparation, practice and hands-on experience," says Paul Merrill, author of Muddle Your Way Through Being a Grandparent.

Published for Grandparents Day UK (Sunday 6th October), this book is aimed at today's generation of grandparents who refuse to be treated as befuddled old dears, taking you through a series of scientifically questionable quizzes, flowcharts, role-playing exercises, checklists and celebrity advice to help you cope with being a grandparent in 21st century.

This is an essential read for grandparents who want to find out:
• What to do if you don't like your child's choice of partner.
• Ways to inform your son or daughter that they're a hopeless parent.
• Which illnesses to fake to get out of babysitting.
• Simple ways to make your 'in my day' stories more exciting.
• What happens when grannies go evil.
• Buying presents your grandchildren might not hate.
• Are you a funky crumbly?

Interesting facts you may not know about today's grandparents

There are 14 million grandparents in the UK, and it's a generation that is getting younger: 1.5 million are aged under 50, 7 million are under 65.
Recent studies by Grandparents Plus and Age UK suggest that the older generation care for 1.6 million children: that's 14% of under-14s in the UK.

The total number of childcare hours taken on by grandparents has increased in recent years by an enormous 35%.

We want to hear your funny grandparent stories, can you beat Brad Pitt's granddad story? Share your tale in our friendly forum!

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