Saturday, 21 September 2013

Neustadt Ontario 2013 Fall Fair

Neustadt 2013 Fall Fair

This our second year taking Emily and Ruth the Neustadt Fall Fair.   

They start their Fair with a parade.  This year it poured rain so we did not attend.   

We did attend the 2012 parade.

For a small community the parade was one of the best that I have been to.

When Does a Tradition Start?

It is interesting how and who determines when something is a tradition.  Remembering that this is only the second time that we attended, for Ruth we had two traditions.

Playing in the corn filled swimming pool.

Having a piece of pie.

 Emily eats pie like her father.   You eat all of the filling out and then eat the crust like a cookie.

While the girls were playing in the corn pool I started to think about family reunions and how for some large families it must have a Neustadt fall fair feel: lots of laughter, small groups of friends talking, and children playing everywhere.  

Here are some inexpensive yet fun activities for the next reunion where there are small children:

 Fishing in a plastic tub.

I have no idea what the excitement is and children were lined up to have their turn.  Here the children fished until they hooked a large ring on a plastic fish and then they were able to pick from a table of gifts for themselves.

The second would be to fill a small wading pool with corn kernels, that was even a bigger hit that the fishing pool.  Not sure how much it costs to fill and I can see no reason why the corn after the reunion could not be put back into the animal feed.

 Some Lovely Things

I saw some lovely things today!
I feel, dear God, I’d like to pray.

I saw some tiny little things –
Some hummingbirds with gauzy wings,
A flower with its head held high
As though it’s blue came from the sky.
I saw some lovely things today;
I feel, dear God, I’d like to pray.

I heard some wondrous things today;
I feel, dear God, I’d like to pray.

I heard a brook; it seemed to me
To catch the rhythm of the sea.
I heard a bird; it sang to me
A joyous, lilting melody.
I heard some wondrous things today;
I feel, dear God, I’d like to pray
Elizabeth M. Shields

Grandma Snyder

©2013-2015 twosnydergirls

Friday, 20 September 2013

Grandparents Providing Child Care

Grandparents Providing Child Care

Grandparents providing childcare for their grandchildren is an increasing phenomenon in the industrial world, whereas in the developing world grandparents, primarily grandmothers have always been the back bone of the family childcare system.  

In the industrial world there was a swing in the 80’s and 90’s to using formal daycare for  childcare when mothers returned to the workforce.  Since 2008 there has been an move back to the use of grandparents.

Wells, (2012) reported that between 2008 and 2012 the number of children who received daycare services from grandparents increased by 19% - going from 26% to 45% in Australia with USA, Canada and the United Kingdom reporting similar trends.

Statham, (2011) found that grandparents fall into four categories of childcare providers.

Avid -caregivers whose lives revolved around their grandchildren

Flexible - caregivers who were concerned with family but also gave some priority to their personal time

Selective - caregivers whose grandchildren are an important part of their lives but who did not want to be defined simply as grandparents

Hesitant - caregivers who did not anticipate caring for their grandchildren” (Statham, 2011)

Paul provides care for Emily and Ruth on an average of 8 hours a week.  This is an activity that he find emotionally very rewarding and as reported in the research at times physically draining.  
Paul is a flexible caregiver.  He is able to say no to care-giving when there other priorities that need his attention, he balances his role as grandparent, with that of father, husband and community member.

No one style of care-giving is better or worse.  It is important however that grandparents think about what their style of care-giving is and that they communicate what they are prepared to offer honestly.  That they set good boundaries for themselves and their children.

As a couple grandparents needs to talk about the potential differences in their styles and expectations of care-giving.  Looking after grandchildren should not become a marital stress or a point of resentment within an extended family system.  

Like everything else in life being a respected and respectful grandparent requires good communication and self awareness.

Grandma Snyder

© 2013-2014 twosnydergirls


Statham, J. (2011). Grandparents providing child care Briefing Paper. UK: Childhood wellbeing research.

Wells, R. (2012, May 17). Grandparents bear greater share of childcare duties. The Sydney Morning Herald National,

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