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Grandparents – The Fifth Emergency Service?

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posted October 17th 2018

Nicola

Nicola

I began my content writing business, My Words Work For You, in 2013. I write for a varied list of clients but The Grandparents Hub is one of my favourites. I am an active ‘guide parent’ to Matilda, aged two, a great aunt (I prefers ‘fabulous aunt’) to Beatrice, very nearly four, and a regular babysitter to Peter, Oscar, George and Sophie. The ‘void’ left as my own children became adults has been filled with experiences that I share with you here. The Grandparents Hub is a voice for all of us whose lives are enriched by little ones.

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As I walk​ed​ past the school this morning I see a mum, standing with her toddler in arms. In hindsight, she​ ​​did look a little stressed. ​I​ smiled​,​ exchanged pleasantries and as I left, I noticed ​relief flood ​her face as a car, driven by her mother I’m guessing, pull​ed​ up in front of her. ​I looked back to see her rush​ to the side of the car​ and​ pull open the back door​, levering her child into the waiting child seat. As I walk​ed​ away I hear​d​ her stressed voice, “I have no idea but he’s had some calpol”. ​Does this s​ound familiar?

This desperate mum clearly had plans, she was supposed to be somewhere, work maybe​? Her first, best, perhaps only option is to call Grandma. Within minutes the emergency Grandparent vehicle ​(Granbulance) ​was at the scene and the patient was taken in for cuddles, biscuits, juice and similar emergency treatments. Perhaps grandparents who perform this service in this kind of emergency should be known as ‘the fifth emergency service’, what do you think?

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2 Comments

  1. I totally agree more grandparents care or bring up there grandchildren without them where would they be the grandchildren look up to them and go to them for nanna loves as were not as stressed like we were when we had our children nobodys love is as godd as nannas love

  2. I certainly have stepped in when a grandparent is needed for an emergency – my own grandson spent a couple of nights in hospital having oxygen, and it is terrifying for the parents, for us all. But in many ways, we are able to cut through the emotions and be the practical side of moments such as these, bringing our own wealth of experience to these new situations that our children are dealing with.

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