Karen Best Wright, B.S., M.A. Health & Wellness Educator
I have heard so many stories about the initial shock and adjustment when a grandparent suddenly takes grandchildren into their home. Often the grandchildren come with very little in regards to clothing and toys. One grandmother told me how her daughter showed up on her doorstep with a suitcase of wet clothes for the 2 children, dropped the kids off, and then left. The grandmother was totally unprepared. Many grandparents have similar stories. Life becomes chaotic very quickly without a quick plan.
When my grandchildren came to me several years ago (they are not with me now), I did have sufficient clothing and toys, but I had little room to put everything. I slept on the hide-a-bed in the living room and gave the children the bedroom. I put a tall bookcase on one wall in my kitchen and filled it with containers for toys, books, and videos. The washer and dryer was in a closet in the kitchen as well. So I had to be extra careful or else my entire kitchen and living room would be one big pile of clutter.
During that initial adjustment period, an assessment of your situation and a plan is vital. The plan needs to include finding health services needed for the children, school or daycare enrollment, and where to put the children and their belongings, among other things.
Feel free to share how you adjusted to the initial shock of an instant family.
A grandmother in love with her grandchildren