Overprotective? Grandparents Keep Kids Safest

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If you are fortunate enough to have parents and/or in-laws who play a prominent role in your children's lives, you'll be pleased to know that a new John Hopkins Bloomberg school of Public Health study confirms that children are actually safer in their grandparents care, according to the New York Times. One reason this finding is of critical importance, is because an increasing number of children are being raised and cared for by grandparents.

Common thinking is that because grandparents are older, they may not be up to speed with new safety concepts, laws and gadgets. Doesn't seem to matter however, because when you drop the kids off at grandma's, there's a greater chance they'll be just fine than if they were with you. In fact, the report, published in this month's issue of Pediatrics, found that having grandparents as care givers cut the risk of childhood injury in half!

My folks live in the Virgin Islands, a beautiful group of exotic islands (US Territories) that they retired to years ago. But now that I'm a mom, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't wish we were physically closer. So this summer we're going to try our first kids-stay-with-Mom-Mom-and-G-Dad-for-a-month experiment. Will I be worried? Not especially. After all, those are the same two people who managed to keep me safe.

For more conversation on this subject and others check out CM's The Grandmother's Group, Grandmother Raising Grandkids or Grandmothers and Mothers Unite.

Do your children spend significant time with their grandparents? Do you feel that they are at least as safe as they are with you?

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