Celebrating Hutt Valley grandparents

Grandparents and grandchildren are good for each other. A US study found a good relationship between grandkids and grandparents lessened the chances of depression for both generations. Here's a New Zealand article on the important role of grandparents.

Here's a fun page dedicated to all you wonderful grandparents of Hutt Valley children!

Grandparents raising grandchildren - support services

If you're a grandparent raising children, you are not alone. Here's a New Zealand article on the topic, written in July 2013.

Support and resources are available through the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ.

Birthright Hutt Valley

Birthright Hutt Valley provides practical and emotional support to single parents, including teenage parents and grandparents who are raising their grandchildren alone. The site also has a comprehensive list of service providers in the Hutt Valley for young families.

Great Start, Taita

If your a Grandparent raising Grandchildren come along to Great Start and meet others, share a cuppa, get information and advice on the first Friday of every month 11am-1pm. Phone Diane on 970 8177 to find out more or check dates. Great start is located on 111 Eastern Hutt Road, Lower Hutt. (children are welcome too).

The Parenting Place, Lower Hutt

Grandparents Raising Children is a six-session course available as a "refresher", offering you additional skills and strategies in order to cope with the demands of parenting your grandchildren.

Needing new ideas to keep the grandchildren busy?

You might like to try something new from the selection below:

Fuss-free activities!

  • Go outside and cloud-watch, making up stories about what you see
  • Make up a story. You can take turns contributing one sentence at a time and keep going until the story has an ending
  • Let them educate you on the internet and Google! At the rate things change these days, chances are you'll learn a lot - about technology and about your grandchildren

Joke corner

If you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? Your kids, their kids ... their kids! (Oh dear, has that much time gone by?)

While this site's not a New Zealand one, there are still some good jokes for grandparents. You might relate to some of these quite well!

NZ news on the difficulties of parenting your children's children

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