Challenges of Raising Grandchildren
Raising grandchildren affects every aspect of your life. So there are many challenges.
There may be challenges obtaining custody, getting medical care, enrolling the children in school and disputes with the children’s parents or whe other set of grandparents.
Grandparents on a limited fixed income have difficulty paying for food, clothing, medical care, school supplies and entertainment for their grandkids.
The parenting style they used for their children may be successful for raising their grandchildren, but if not, they will need to seek assistance.
Grandchildren may be experiencing behavioral, academic and emotional problems related this enormous change in their lives.
Many grandparents already have health problems and less energy than in their parenting days.
Raising grandkids reduces or eliminates time for caring for themselves and social time with other adults.
Availability of Social Services
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a FACT SHEET for grandfamilies that lists links to available services
There is also a Kinonnector Hotline in PA for finding Resources for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.
What are the challenges that you face or had faced? If you are a parent or have fond memories of your grandparents raising you, feel free to share your personal experiences and views in the comment below.