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By Verlinda Ruble, Faculty, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
“Simply focusing on addressing children’s needs, independent of the
family unit, is not an effecti
ve way to address larger social and economic
issues. It is important to validate the child’s home culture, parent
vement, and unique background in an effort to support success for the
Are there a significant number of grandparents raising their
thoughts come to your mind when you think about the grandparent’s role in the
lives of the children that you serve? Do you see a grandparent who takes the
child for an outing to the park or zoo on an occasional basis, or does that
grandparent have a more substantial role in the child’s upbringing? Do the
grandparents provide financial support, shelter, food, and clothing needs of
the children you serve? If so, then your image of the grandparent may be
representative of the more than “2.5 million grandparents who play a prominent
role in raising one or more grandchildren. It also represents 40% of all
grandparents including the 1.6 grandmothers and the 932,000 grandfathers” who
are financially responsible for their grandchildren.2
What do grandparents want educators to know?
may have the role of “parenting” their grandchild thrust upon them due to
problems associated with their adult children’s lives. Some grandparents take
on the role of parenting when their adult child dies unexpectedly or from a
serious illness. This leaves the grandparent in the role of parenting a child
who is also grieving. In other cases, the adult child of the grandparent has
made poor life choices which have resulted in incarceration, mental illness,
addictions, or some other detrimental situation that makes it impossible for
the parent to care for the child.3 Many grandparents take
on the role of parenting their grandchildren in an effort to accommodate the
needs of the child.
you can imagine, this results in an interruption to any plans that the
grandparents had for their own retirement years. It can also place demands on
health and income that grandparents were unprepared for in their latter years.
As oneEducational Gerontology article stated, “Parenting grandchildren not only disrupts the
grandparents’ lives, but also deprives the children of grandparents who can
spoil them.”4 Despite all of this,
grandparents have reported some positive experiences that have resulted in
raising their own grandchildren. Many grandmothers have shared that they have a
more relaxed parenting style where they take the time to get to know their
grandchildren and find ways to enjoy their time together. In addition, “[f]or
some children, the care and the love received has given rise to extraordinary
achievement against great odds.”5 As early childhood
professionals, we can contribute to the success of the family.
How can we support the grandparents in their roles as parents?
can recognize that most grandparents cherish their grandchildren and want what
is best for the child. In doing so, early childhood professionals can provide a
support system for the grandparents in their role as parents to their
1. L.M. Follari, Foundations and Best Practices in Early Childhood:
History, Theories, and Approaches to Learning (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice
2. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey. On the Internet at http://www.census.gov/acs/www/ (accessed May 2011).
3. J. Glass Jr. and T.L. Huneycutt, “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: The
Courts, Custody, And Educational Implications,” Educational Gerontology 28, no. 3 (2002), 237–251,
5. J. Worrall, “The Healing Power of Grandparents,” Education
Today 6 (2009) 4–6.
6. M.L. Dolbin-MacNab, “Just Like Raising Your Own? Grandmothers’ Perceptions
of Parenting a Second Time Around,” Family Relations55, no. 5 (2006), 564–575,
7. J. Glass Jr.
8. Ibid.9. M.L. Dolbin-MacNab.
Ruble is a full-time faculty member in the Educational Studies Department in
the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Kaplan University. She holds a bachelor’s
degree in special education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction
with an emphasis on computer education. Currently, she is working towards a PhD
in education with an emphasis on early childhood education and hopes to
complete her dissertation within the next year or two. Ms. Ruble has previously
taught in the public school system; she enjoys working with students of all
ages, but children hold a special place in her heart. She lives in Virginia
with her husband and oldest son. They have one dog and one cat, Sephera and
Callie. Verlinda’s youngest son and wife are expecting their first child in the
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