Grandparents embracing their former roles again
MOST grandparents don't look to be the primary carers of their grandchildren.
But when the responsibility is thrust upon them, they take up the challenge with a passion.
"We've been together since she came around," Davina Allanson says, gesturing to 18-month-old Myaha in her arms.
At that, six-year-old Lenaya also cuddles up, eager not to miss the attention.
"They're a package and I wouldn't have it any other way," she said.
Mrs Allanson said being more mature meant she was wiser when it came to being a carer, as you learnt from your mistakes.
"It's knowing what your limitations are, but you also realise you're not as young as you used to be when trying to keep up," she said
"On the flipside, you have more patience."
The three were among a small crowd which attended the launch of the Children in Grandparents Care group at Maroochydore Library yesterday.
"There are challenges there - grandparents take on that role for a whole range of reasons and it's important to give them support," organiser Linda Hope said.
"We want to make it easier for them."
She said the group would offer a range of assistance and guidance for grandparents and great-grandparents who were full-time carers.
Also attending were Trevor and Lynda Hardeman, who care for their two grandchildren, aged seven and five.
Mrs Hardeman said everything they did was for the best of the children and it was great to have the support of the group for their "blessed, but tiring" task.
"We've all got our hearts in the right places and all do the best we can," she said.
"There is a great need for (the group), particularly as some children need more care. Engaging in support groups and hearing the experiences of others helps."
Mr Hardeman said it was particularly important for groups such as Children in Grandparents Care to offer help and guidance to people who needed particular assistance, such as for children with special needs.
For more information on Children in Grandparents Care, call Lisa Hope on 0457 864 001.