I’m pretty sure this topic will be familiar to most of you . It’s about our parents and the role they play when their grandchildren arrive. I have many friends back home in South Africa who are in these “fortunate” positions. One in particular, who I think is extremely lucky is able to continue with her very well paid job (after having a baby) because her mum has taken on the role of “the parent”, 5 days a week and almost always 24 hours a day. The friend gets to travel a lot and works away a lot of the time. This isn’t uncommon in South African culture, many grandparents look after the grandchildren so that their children can lead economically comfortable lives. Mind you they don’t get paid for doing this..a lot of the time the role is also taken for granted. So you find many a retired grandparent taking on the role of bringing up their grandchildren and even though they don’t complain to their own children, they DO complain to the children’s friends… Take a look at this story in the US – where 2.5 million grandparents are the primary caregivers. And this one in the UK where grandmother – Lorna Edwards, who co-founded this website with her daughter Verity Gill, said they hoped to build up a picture of what grandparents think is acceptable regarding childcare. So is it fair for grandparents to be taking on parenthood again? Is it also fair they get to do this 5 days a week? Are you a grandparent who looks after a grandchild or a parent who has your child looked after by your parents?