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Doctor insights on: Kids Crafts For Grandparents Day

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Is the attachment of a child and grandma carried through all their lives?

Is the attachment of a child and grandma carried through all their lives?

Yes: Child is lucky to have a loving grandma. It makes her secure as she grows up because the attachment gives her a lot of confidence that somebody cares for her aside from her mom and dad. ...Read more

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Should kids attend funeral of a grandparent?

Should kids attend funeral of a grandparent?

Yes: Well, it depends on the age of the child and whether they were close to the grandparent. If they didn't really know them, or are very young (too young to really understand) then no. However, children are oddly very accepting of life rituals, and they help the child come to grips with major life changes and move on. Be ready for a lot of questions though, and be honest. ...Read more

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How to get children to sleep when grandpa is here?

How to get children to sleep when grandpa is here?

Routine: Make certain granpa follows the same routine and expectations that parents do and consequences for not following rules should be the same unless predetermined otherwise ...Read more

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Should we let our children visit their dying grandmother?

Yes: I imagine their grandmother would be very happy to see them & they should have the opportunity to see their grandmother again & say goodbye to each other. Many in our society fear death & dying & live in denial, but dying is a natural process and i believe it is healthy & educational for your children to spend time with their grandmother now. They'll likely treasure this opportunity when older. ...Read more

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Are kids better off with grandparents than in foster care?

Depends: If the grand parents are capable of providing care, and are willing to do so, then placing a child with relatives is always the legal systems first priority. ...Read more

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How do I tell my child his grandparent just died without warning?

Honest and simple: Kids understand death differently at various ages, and for the most part handle it better than adults. Answer their questions honestly , but donĀ“t "over answer", let them know what what will come next .Kids need reassurance that their life will continue as they know it as much as possible, and that nothing they did caused their grandparent to die. Let him decide if he wants to go to to the funeral. ...Read more

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Should grandparents take care of the kids if mothers are deployed?

Should grandparents take care of the kids if mothers are deployed?

A great luxury...: If grandparents are nearby and can help out, that is a great luxury. Some even move-in to help, but that is not always available or possible. Whenever mom/dad must go away for long periods, it is always difficult, so a helping hand is of tremendous value. Grandparents often help, but it is not their duty/responsibility. So, i suggest asking/talking to them for help with a solution. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it ok for grandparents to spoil kids with lots of candy at the holidays?

Is it ok for grandparents to spoil kids with lots of candy at the holidays?

Multiple layers: This is a more complex question than it might seem on the surface. As dr. Bergman indicated, grandparents often are exempted from some rules that parents impose, but it is also important that they not undermine parental authority. Loading kids down with candy has problems ranging from weight to tooth decay. The broader question is how can grandparents be a positive force in the child's life. ...Read more

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My child is going on vacation with his grandparents. How do I give her authority to sign for medical purposes?

My child is going on vacation with his grandparents.  How do I give her authority to sign for medical purposes?

Write a consent: In most states, you may be able to just write a statement saying that she has permission to get medical care for the child if needed. You may or may not need to have it notarized. Also, list any medication allergies, the names of any medicines your child takes, and any major medical problems. This can help if your child needs to be seen by a doctor while on vacation. ...Read more

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Child height predictor based on parents and grandparents?

Child height predictor based on parents and grandparents?

Simple measures: Expected height from parent stature is equal to the average parent height (m+d/2) + 2.5 inches for males, -2.5 in for girls.Grandparent height is not used but may point to variations in accuracy of the method. This is only a basic predicted height. Some very tall or very short people come from normal sized parents, & a life's medical & nutritional issues can slow the growth of anyone. ...Read more

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How old can a grandma be to have her daughters kids?

How old can a grandma be to have her daughters kids?

Depends: If a woman was going to act as a surrogate for her daughter's pregnancy, she needs to be in good health. There are documented cases of women in their 60s having pregnancies with medical assistance, but most places discourage women from attempting pregnancy after menopause, which usually takes place somewhere between age 45-55. ...Read more

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How do I tell kids grandma has cholera? What do they need to know?

How do I tell kids grandma has cholera? What do they need to know?

She has diarrhea: Cholera is transmitted by the fecal-oral route, either by contaminated water or food. In the usa there is very little chance to acquire cholera. Where had your friend been. Stay away from their stools, wash your hands and watch what you eat and drink carefully. ...Read more

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Should kids be allowed to see a dying grandparent in the hospital?

Should kids be allowed to see a dying grandparent in the hospital?

That a family: Related question they decide if appropriate for childe to see dying family member, personally i think it is a good idea. ...Read more

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How do child care providers benefit from the adopt a grandparent program?

How do child care providers benefit from the adopt a grandparent program?

Everyone wins: The program matches individuals with elderly, sometimes nursing home residents for the mutual benefit of both the adoptee and adopter. Both get the joy that comes from a meaningful relationship with someone from another generation. A beautiful Swedish film years ago illustrated this "Kannst du pfeifen, Johannes" in which a child adopted a man in a nursing home telling him he was his grandson. ...Read more

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How do I tell my young children their grandma has cancer and may die soon?

How do I tell my young children their grandma has cancer and may die soon?

Death: This depends on many factors. The age of the children, their relationship with grandma, what grandma would like. No one knows exactly how long a person will live with cancer so it is difficult to tell the children. There are several books on the subject. Find a support group with your church or hospital to find help. Talk to friends who have lost loved ones and ask how they handled it. ...Read more

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Grandma wants to know why college kid on break slept till 4 in the afternoon.?

Grandma wants to know why college kid on break slept till 4 in the afternoon.?

Adolescent habit: Adolescents stay up many hours away at school - studying & partying. At break, they "take a break -and a brake!" they're catching up on lost sleep. They're relieving the stress of just completed exams. This is so normal, one could consider it universal. ...Read more

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What's the best way to tell kids that grandma is dying from cancer. They are 9 and 5.?

What's the best way to tell kids that grandma is dying from cancer. They are 9 and 5.?

Grandma upstairs: There are many ways to introduce the problem of death. I have often recommended a book called grandma upstairs. I also believe honesty is most important. Children usually know something is wrong but often won't voice there fears or concerns. Talk to them and answer any questions honestly. ...Read more

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Is having grandparents from asia taking care of the children ok if I am in school? Will they learn like american kids?

No.: Having grandparents native to another culture / society / nation. Your children are still living, relating to others, learning within the american society. I'm not sure of the extent of 'taking care of' in your situation. If you mean that the majority of quality time is spent with their grandparents, then they have more influence than the real parents on growth & development. They r your kids. ...Read more

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Do you agree children should move on to a better life for themselves when they grow up? My mom passed up a better life to stay close to grandma.

Do you agree children should move on to a better life for themselves when they grow up? My mom passed up a better life to stay close to grandma.

This is a very: Personal decision on your part. Better yourself, but at same time don't neglect mother. There is a happy medium. My dad was a doctor who spoke to his patient ; told them that a life of moderation leads to a life of fulfillment.(eat moderately, drink moderately, sleep moderately , laugh ;r cry moderately). ...Read more

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Is it possible for a women to start menopause as early as 26? My friend said that's when her grandma started it after she had her 2 kids.. Possible?

Is it possible for a women to start menopause as early as 26? My friend said that's when her grandma started it after she had her 2 kids.. Possible?

Yes: It's possible to start menopause at age 26. However, this is not normal and it's called premature ovarian insufficiency (failure) ie the cessation of ovarian function prior to age 40. Tests should be done to search for a reason and to evaluate for autoimmune adrenal insufficiency which can be fatal. ...Read more