Grandparents taking on more important roles in today's families

Looking back through recent history, we can see some major shifts in how people live their daily lives. The stay-at-home mom and go-to-work dad dynamic is not nearly so prevalent today as it was 40 or 50 years ago. These days both parents typically work, and the definition of what constitutes the average family has definitely changed. In fact, it is not unusual for households to be headed by single parents.

And just as the roles of parents have been redefined, so too has the role of grandparents. In fact, quite often, grandparents play a vital role in the lives of their grandchildren. While previous generations of grandparents may have been viewed as being superfluous, today they often fill very important functions within a family.

According to the author of a book about grandparent relationships, research indicates that more and more grandparents are helping reduce the stress many parents are under in today's demanding world. The writer points out that grandparents do not necessarily have commonly pre-defined roles, but rather they serve the specific needs of their own families. And when problems arise it is often Grandma or Grandpa who saves the day.

More than ever, grandparents have much to offer their grandchildren. And as such their rights to visitation should be respected. If you are a grandparent who is being obstructed from seeing your grandchildren, you may want to speak with a family law attorney. The attorney can assess your circumstances and work on your behalf in an effort to see that your visitation rights are established and honored.

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