This suggestion is part of a longer piece by Debbie Worman, M.A., a faculty member at The Hadley School for the Blind. (Read Debbie’s intro.)
Someone once said that the best thing about grandchildren is you can send them home to their parents! Know your limitations.
While you have a desire to spend time with your grandchild, don’t worry if you can’t always babysit when asked.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with coping with your vision loss, don’t be shy about asking for help for yourself.
And if you’re a grandparent with the day-to-day responsibility of raising your grandchild, try to find time away from your home and grandchild.
The added challenge of your vision loss makes it especially important that you learn to find time for you. When you take care of yourself, you are taking care of your grandchild.
So, whether you’re grandma, nana, abuela, grandpa, gramps, or pawpaw, be assured that vision loss need not diminish the joy of grandparenting.
You can learn to put the “grand” back in grandparenting!