It doesn't take a village

Filed under: Relatives, Activities: Babies, Celeb Kids, Celeb Parents

While we were on holiday, recently, I had a nice chat with a young fellow who was very interested in becoming a parent -- someday. Although he wasn't ready, he wanted to learn as much as he could so that when he was ready, he'd have some idea of what he was getting into. We discussed a lot of parenting-related topics during the course of our talk.

One of the subjects was single parents -- we agreed that it's amazing that people can raise a child alone, given the amount of work it takes. I said that even though there are two of us, and we have the help of Rachel's mom, our sister-in-law, and a lot of friends, it's still an incredible amount of work -- to try and do everything alone is incomprehensible. I said that you don't need a village to raise a child, but it sure makes it a whole lot easier.

That said, Rachel mentioned that she hasn't ever seen the grandparents on the show Jon & Kate Plus 8. I checked their website and their FAQ page addresses this: "Our kids DO have grandparents, but none that are involved in our daily lives." I certainly understand that families do not always remain intact, but I know that with 8 kids, not having any help from the grandparents must make an already challenging job that much harder.

Without Rachel's folks, especially her mom, I know that parenthood would be much more difficult for us. What about you? Are your parents a help or a hindrance?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.