TITLE

IT'S GRANNY, NOT NANNY

AUTHOR(S)
ZARA PICKEN
PUB. DATE
March 2013
SOURCE
Daily Mail;3/30/2013, p40
SOURCE TYPE
Newspaper
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Sheila doesn't have a problem with her grandchildren - in fact, she adores them and is happy to look after the two preschoolers when their regular childcare has fallen through. But the 65-year-old retired retail manager does have a problem - and it's with her son, her grandchildren's father. 'He only calls when I'm needed,' she says. '"Hi, Mum, are you free tomorrow..?" When I arrive, he has left for work, and he's not back by the time my daughter-in-law comes home and I leave. He'll never call afterwards to thank me, or ask how I am. He doesn't think I might like to see him too from time to time. Sometimes - I don't like saying it…' She pauses. 'I feel a bit used.' The gulf that can separate grandparent and adult child was recently set out when writer Liz Hodgkinson responded to a survey on loneliness among elderly people. In an article for the Daily Mail online, Liz lamented that she rarely saw her two adult sons or five grandchildren, and that her sons only called if they wanted something.
ACCESSION #
86437187

 

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