Grandparents come into their own at this time of year for babysitting or while parents go shopping or to parties or for hiding the toys you don’t want the kids to see until Christmas day. Yes they are handy. But remember grandparents are not just for Christmas.
At this time of year alcohol plays a big part in the festive enjoyment of Christmas.
The majority of people use it sensibly, suffer their hangover then put it aside until the next occasion.
Unfortunately some go overboard and make drinking their 24/7. This is the danger time for neglect and abuse of children. Children are at their most vulnerable to strangers coming and going from the house or when parents are catering to party goers. The most dangerous time of all is when they are left on their own to pop round to a neighbour just for a minute. The time flies by and it ends up being for hours.
Believe it or not a lot of children go hungry at this time of year because all the household money is spent on one big drinking spree lasting for weeks..
Always be aware of who comes into your house and check your children regularly.
If you plan a celebration why not ask the grandparents if they could baby-sit for that big occasion, they would be delighted and the children would get to play with their toys and above all be safe, leaving you free to enjoy yourself for at least one night.
So have a safe Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Grandparents Apart UK
22 Alness crescent
Glasgow G52 1PJ
0141 882 5658