Originally Posted by dorri
... Where does a grandparent draw the line? Why do some kids automatically assume that it's a grandparent's duty to look after their kids?
You could let them know, ahead of time, the "babysitting" schedule that would be acceptable. If it's two days per weak, no more than 4 hours; or if it's three days a week no more than 6 hours, etc.
What type of a deal would you want to work out with babysitting your grandchildren? Your kids might be assuming that you will do all of their babysitting requirements because you haven't laid down rules and limitations.
Perhaps if you post the babysitting duties that would be acceptable and enjoyable to you, you could come up with reasonable rules and limitations; which would also be acceptable to both you and your kids. Plus..... others might be willing to give their opinions, and help you form the rules and limitations AND how to present those rules and limitations without you feeling guilty and without causing any difficulties between you and your kids.