How Grandpa keeps his cool

Grandkids have a habit of testing their grandparents’ patience, but this grandpa has a canny tactic that works.


Will this Centrelink cut cost you?

Sweeping changes to child care payments from 1 July will also affect grandparents who look after their grandchildren.


Grandparents need more support

Almost half of those caring for vulnerable relatives are grandparents, and even great grandparents, and many are not getting the support they need, according to a new report.


Babysitting grandparents live longer

The financial stress of childcare has seen an increasing reliance on grandparents to baby sit in recent years, and a recent study has discovered it could have significant health benefits.

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Financial assistance for grandparents

It’s becoming more common for grandparents to take on the responsibility for bringing up their grandchildren, but this can be costly. So is there is financial assistance available?


Grandparents feeling the pressure

Boosting employment and delaying retirement among older Australians will guarantee more pressure on grandparents – stretching their time and resources.


Grandparents main childcare providers

Data released yesterday by the ABS reported that 30 per cent of children with two working parents received informal care by a grandparent.


Grandparents paid for babysitting

Hardworking grandparents may finally receive a wage for the time spent caring for grandchildren.

Does another family need you?

Bringing up a child without family close by can be a difficult task and the demand for honorary grandparents is outstripping the supply. Do you have what it takes to be a mentor?


New age nanas

Becoming a grandmother for the first time is as equally as daunting as it is exciting, but really, what does becoming a grandmother in the 21st century really mean? Susan Moore has a taste of what you can expect.


Children’s savings and grandparents’ gifting

Many grandparents across Australia are keen to contribute in some way to the bringing up of their grandchildren. Often they act as mentors, perform babysitting duties, pass on advice from experience and generally just ‘be there’ for support in times of need. Many also like to contribute financially where they can. But can contributing financially raise any issues? What should grandparents consider when looking at the options available?

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Grandparent benefits

In today’s society grandparents may find themselves being the primary care-giver for their grandchildren. As with any caring, there is a cost involved - as well as support available. Knowing what you may be entitled to is vital if you are considering taking over the care of your grandchildren. There are several Centrelink benefits for which you can apply.