Rias – the insurance company for the over 50's – tell me that it's we grandparents who'll be enabling our offspring to go out and celebrate Valentine's Day by minding their children for them. This doesn't surprise us, as we know just how much we contribute to society today. We're always hearing – and always blogging (forgive me!) about how much we help out today's modern families where both parents have to work simply to get by.
But I guess I was surprised – and impressed by the figures! Rias's survey of 1200 grandparents suggests that we will save UK mums and dads 15. 3 million pounds in childcare costs today alone! And that one million grandparents are likely to be stepping up to the plate to help out….that's 10% of all UK grandparents.
So let's give ourselves a huge pat on the back for our stirling work – not forgetting that this evening's child care probably consists of getting the little darlings into bed and sound asleep in their parents absence. Not always the easiest task!
Peter Corfield, Managing Director at RIAS, comments: “Grandparents are often the unsung heroes in families’ lives and their commitments this Valentine’s Day proves it more than ever! With today’s parents struggling against rising childcare costs and cuts to Child Benefit for some families, it’s nice to know that they can still rely on their mums and dads to look after their grandchildren so they can enjoy a well-deserved night out.'
We agree 100% – of course – but we wouldn't want him - or anyone - to forget that we take on these tasks not just out of a sense of duty but also because we care. Time spent with our grandchildren is precious and we value these moments probably just as much as the parents value time to themselves.