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Commentary: In defence of indulgent grandparents who help raise grandchildren

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LONDON: When a friend came downstairs one morning to discover his son dressed for school and tucking into breakfast, only one thing soured the scene of domestic bliss: The boy was breakfasting on potato chips.

Why was his child munching from a pack of cheese and onion at 7.30am, he asked his father-in-law, who lives with the family.

The question was batted away. “Because he asked,” came the reply.

My friend sees these transgressions as a glitch in an otherwise brilliant deal: Free childcare on tap. Such grandparental misdemeanours are far from unique.

Another friend turns a blind eye to the television-watching marathons and the block of butter in every meal because she’s “so grateful for the help”.


A report published this week found that indulgent grandparents who are involved in their grandchildren’s care may be having a negative effect on their health.

The University of Glasgow study, which synthesised research on grandparents’ influence, found there is an increase in the risk factors linked with cancer - diet, obesity, lack of activity and exposure to tobacco.

Researchers also noted that there........

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