An Exciting Year For Our Family Essay

775 Words Oct 18th, 2015 4 Pages
2024 was an exciting year for our family. Grace published the book she had been working on for years; however it also brought a new level to stress to my life. Her publisher encouraged her to go on an extended book tour. The schedule the publisher proposed covered much of the nation and even several trips to other nations. Grace was reticent about going because of Ella, her three year old daughter. Ella was born premature and has some special needs, and Grace thought it would be too much for Ella to deal with. She had finally settling into her preschool and was starting to make progress with her motor skills and her language was staring to catch up to other children her age and Grace didn’t want to disrupt this progress. When Grace approached me about having Ella stay with me I was worried. I knew that caring for Ella for the next year would create social, physical and psychological changes in my life. But I decided that I needed to support Grace and Ella during this special time in their life. In some ways I knew I would have it easier than other grandparents who take care of their grandchildren. According to Anne Strozier (2007), “Kinship care is defined as the full time care, nurturing and protection of children by relatives or any adult who has a kinship bond with the children” (p. 226) and while kinship care can be between any related adult and child it is often grandparents that take over the care of a grandchild when the parent is not able to. According…

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