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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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