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Haven't done this in a very long time....

If you are/have been the regular caregiver for your GC (grandchild/ren) - or the go-to babysitter - or if you're raising/have raised any of your GC - do you have any updates for us? Have your circumstances changed in any way? Would love to hear....

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As for me, I'm still the regular caregiver/nanny granny for my DGC when their mom at work or school, etc. And that includes taking one or the other to this/that extracurricular activity a couple of days during the school year, etc.

But they're getting older and so much more independent these days. Even if I'm watching them in the evening, they take their showers on their own, and so on. I can see the time coming "around the bend" when they won't really need me, at all, though it's still a few years away.  :) 

How about you?

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Funny that you should say that Rose! I have been thinking and saying that "they won't need me forever" in regards to the 2 that I am taking care of regularly. But my almost 18 year grand daughter that I have helped with for her entire life, still seems to need me! She calls me just about daily about something she needs help with, call me for any trouble she might get into (seldom)  and tells me that I am the only reason she has a family lol! (I have done Sunday dinners,, all holidays, birthdays, vacations, recitals, etc since she was a little girl). So even tho it may appear that someday you may not be needed, don't count on it lol! These children seem to know who has the love, commitment and dependability that they need their ENTIRE lives. I realize now that when  you love them, feed them (and their friends lol) they know who to keep in their lives. You have cultivated your relationship with her and them and that will never, ever end. You will always be a very special part of their lives, even if they may not need the day to day taking care of them. That is so special and enjoy that! So glad to see that their are other grand parents to involved in their lives! 

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I spent some time this afternoon with DH's grand nephew, now 28 who lived with us during middle school...his dad had passed away, he had several learning disabilities, behavioral issues and no family support, his mother couldn't handle him. We made major headway with him, he came 5ft tall 200 lbs...when he left 18 months later he was 5-5 and 150 lbs had finished 8th grade. When his mom & sibs moved back here, he wanted to (understandably) live with them...it all went straight downhill. The only positive is that he was able to finish high school...for the past 10 years he's just vegged. Today he said he needed to get something off his chest....he thought he'd failed DH & me...and it had been troubling him all this time. I wanted to cry. Didn't....told him that he didn't fail anyone...he just didn't have the support he'd had with us. I've encouraged him to take one class at the local college (he works part time), clean up his eating habits and start taking (baby) steps to move forward...it's a process...I hope he feels encourage...and so glad he was able to tell me what's on his mind.

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