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Grannynet Ground RulesCreated by Verity in Being a Granny-carer
Grannynet and BabyCentre UK (a parenting support website) ran a survey conducted online to find out what you really thought about caring for your grandchildren.
We wanted to know your thoughts on various issues; such as how many days you thought it was appropriate to be asked to look after your grandchildren, whether you should be paid or not and how you felt about discipline.
We received an overwhelming response with 846 replies and thankfully you really shared your thoughts. One thing nearly all of you agreed on – in fact 78% of parents and grandparents – was the need to establish some ground rules on this, potentially tricky, childcare arrangement.
Now we know from experience that many of the issues, such as payment and discipline etc can be hard to talk about, so we thought it would help if we created the ‘The Grannynet Ground Rules’. You can use this as a guide to sit down and run through with your family. We hope it helps make discussions about childcare arrangements easier and run more smoothly.
A document may seem a little formal, but setting a few ground rules before an arrangement begins can save a lot of tears, frustration and heartache in the future, because after all, this is family we are talking about!
Click here to access the Grannynet Ground Rules!