As a grandparent, you may become the person providing part-time care for your grandchild at times, perhaps on a scheduled day or two during the week or for a few hours here and there.
The recommendations about the best environment for the child, safety issues, special needs, and the size of the group (if you care for more than one child) should be considered.
You are not just "another babysitter"As a grandparent, your role is unique and important. You are not just "another babysitter." You have a fundamental connection, providing the continuity between generations that your grandchild will come to understand and respect.
Realizing times have changedAs you know, times have changed, although caring love is still the universal and timeless ingredient in helping children to thrive.
Educate yourself on the new medical discoveries since you raised your own children by asking your grandchild's parents to share information. The medical profession has learned a lot about having infants sleep safely on their backs and on safer over-the-counter medications for illnesses, as well as many other things. It keeps us young to learn new things.
Medication safetyAt your home, make sure that you secure any of your personal medications by storing them up and away from sight or reach so that your grandchild can't get hold of them.