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Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren in China

Important For Parents (Not Grandparents) to Raise Their Children?

Should children's primary caretakers be their parents? An LA Times report talked about the millions of kids in rural China who are being raised by their relatives since the youngsters' parents moved to secure jobs. It said:

House after house, the same family tale repeats itself: The parents migrated to the big cities for work; their young children stay with grandparents, great-grandparents or any other relatives who can shelter and feed them. At the age of 10 or so, when the youngsters are considered old enough, many move into packed boardinghouses attached to their public schools.

While the circumstances may not be as extreme in America, for economic reasons, parents rely on their kids' grandparents for childcare. In a way, the elders are raising the next generation. What is your opinion on this?

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MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
My sister is a user, and my mother is a carpet. Add in the fact that we all lover my niece dearly, and my mother gets lumped with raising my niece. It isn't a helpful or good situation, becuase it isn't a it takes a village helpful mentality, it's a, I have a kid but who cares I'm still going to do whatever I want mentality. My mother watches her all day long while my sister works, and then when my sister gets home... my mother still takes care of her. My sister stays up all hours of the night on the internet, and then sleeps until noon. My niece gets up around 5am, so my mother takes care of her then. My sister then gets up around noon or one, eats, showers, goes shopping if she feels like it, and then goes back to work. Rinse and repeat. My niece is nearly 2 and is REALLY behind because my sister did NOTHING with her other then stick her in front of a tv before she moved back in with my parents. She's also mean for the 45 minutes or so she's with my niece, so my niece is withdrawn half the time, acting out the rest. When my sister leaves, she's happy again. so horribly long story still horribly long, i think grandparents having a hand in raising the kids is a positive situation - when its just a hand. Not when the parent wants to be a kid still, or moves away for a better job. Not when the grandparent literally has to step in and pick up all the slack so the kid has a half decent life. ugh.
MonkiChriz MonkiChriz 6 years
I completely understand the previous comments because the parents worked and the grandparents were caretakers while the parents worked. (But your parents come home and were with you at night and weekends.) But in the article, the parents just MOVED AWAY and did not have daily contact with their kids. What is the point of having kids if you don't see them? How do you have kids then just tell someone else to raise them for you?
jen4979 jen4979 6 years
Growing up my brother and I stayed at our Grandparents house while our parents worked as well. we always knew where they were, and that they would be by to pick us up as soon as work was over. Fortunately my mother is the one that watches my daughter while my husband and I are at work. She has an amazing bond with her Grandparents that I had with my as well. We make sure we spend quality time with her so our bonds are strong as well. In our families we both agree "that it takes a village to raise a child".
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
Growing up I lived with my parents but my neighbors were my grandparents. They made my brother and I breakfast, took us to school, picked us up, took us camping, etc. I spent most of my time with them because my parents worked. Now as adults my brother and I are both much closer to my grandparents then we are to our parents. I understand why I had to spend more time with my grandparents but I also feel like I wasn't able to develop as strong of a bond with my parents. Luckily now as an adult I am working towards fixing that.
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