Grandparent’s as Babysitters?
My mom was always my first choice when it came to finding a babysitter for my children and when I was a little girl, my favorite place to go was Grandma Layne’s house. So when I ran across a study published by Pediatrics (the official journal of the American Association of Pediatrics) that said, “Odds of medically attended injuries were decreased for children who received care from grandparents,” I wasn’t surprised. Most nanas watch their grandchildren like a momma bear watches her cubs.
Statistically accidents are 50% less likely to happen when nana is watching the children.
More Findings from the study…..
*The research finds that compared to organized daycare or care by the mother or other relatives, having a grandmother watch a child was associated with a decreased risk of injury for the child.
*According to the researchers, the odds of injury were significantly greater among children whose parents never married compared with children whose mothers stayed married throughout the child’s life.
*Similarly, odds of injury were greater for children living in homes in which the father did not co-reside.
Even though I believe this study I know that accidents still happen, even with nana watching. A few years ago Abby and I were playing with some jewelry (children’s make your own jewelry) when for no reason at all Abby stuck a blue jewel up her nose! To say I was shocked would be an understatement.
“I didn’t aim too, Nana,” she wailed.
How do you not aim to stick something up your nose? I think what she meant was “I thought it would come back out,” and it did. After a trip to the pediatrician’s office.
What Makes Nana a Great Sitter?
The same thing that makes anyone a great caretaker….love, patience and the belief that children (especially little ones) need to be watched like a hawk!