A search for quality Grandparents Day clip
After all, there are many wonderful clips for Mother's Day and a growing number for Father's Day. Surely, there would be some quality clips to recognise and highlight the importance of grandparents in the lives of today's families.
The changing role of today's grandparents
Many grandparents have pushed retirement aside and increasingly taken on regular care-giving roles in families.They are 'grand-parents' in every sense of the word as they take on these parenting roles after families have become fractured for a host of reasons. Many of the children who attend our children's ministry programs and Sunday morning Kids Church are brought along by grandparents.
The story of today's caring grandparents
The story of grandparent carers is one of endless dedication and sacrifice.
Grandparents are Australia’s largest providers of informal child care, and one of the main reasons parents use this and other forms of informal care is to participate in the workforce.
The figures show that while half of all Australian children under 12 received childcare of some form last year, just 24 per cent were in formal care, compared with 26 per cent who were cared for by their grandparents.There are also more than 14,000 grandparent families in which the grandparents are the guardians or main carers of co-resident children aged 0 to 17 years. (Australian Bureau of Statistics.)
The personal cost of care
“For those grandparents engaged in the primary care of their grandchildren, it’s not just the work-life family balance they have to worry about,There are also financial, legal, health, housing and safety concerns. Older people often rely on low incomes or pensions which are not designed to cover the costs of child-rearing. - O’Neill (National Seniors group).
So... how are you encouraging grandparents in this crucial, though often unnoticed, role in today's family? Have you come across any quality clips for this special day of the year? If so, please share a link below.
I've created a simple little clip using Smilebox that you may like to use yourself this Sunday- Grandparents Day. It takes a couple of seconds for the music to start. (See below)