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%
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%.