Dermatologists Offer 5 Helpful Anti-Aging Tips

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Beauty is only skin deep. It’s a very subjective and psychological thing more than anything else. But it means something to everyone. Most people want to keep their smooth, healthy, young-looking skin as long as possible. But how best to do that?

In this article we provide some basic tips suggested by dermatologists for helping to keep your skin looking young for longer, or hide the signs of age.

The effects of aging on the skin is a problem for senior men and women alike.

Aging is a certainty for everyone, but some factors are within your power to control or slow.

These are not tips that simply apply to the elderly, but would wisely be adopted by young people as well. The earlier you start thinking about preserving your beautiful skin, the better! Below we will list a guide for things to start doing as well as things to stop doing to achieve healthy skin.

 

  1. Diet Can Effect Your Skin as Well as Your Weight

There are several diet tips we can offer to preserve healthy skin. It should come as no surprise that sugars and processed foods are bad. They are not only bad for weight, but also hinder the body’s biochemical processes for producing dermal cells. Drinking one liter of water every day is a great way to purify and cleanse the body and keep skin at its best. Eating Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids (which can be found in olive oil, flaxseed, and salmon) is proven to help keep the top layer of your skin that produces moisture functioning great!

  1. Beware of Too Much UV Ray Exposure

It’s hard to overstate the importance of applying sunblock. Too much exposure to the sun’s UV rays not only increases the chances of skin cancer, but also accelerates the aging processes for skin. Sunburns can damage your body’s elastin and decrease your amount of collagen, which leads to drooping skin and wrinkles.

 

  1. Take Retinoid Vitamins

Doctors agree that the current best types of topical creams for repairing the aging process are Retinoid-based. Retinoids are rich in Vitamin-A, which can help boost collagen production, increase skin cell turnover, and even unclog pores. If you are interested, ask your doctor if a Retinoid-based product is right for your skin.

 

  1. Adjust Your Morning / Night Routine

In order to make a serious concerted effort to help restore your skin, you will probably need to make alterations to certain aspects of your daily routine. Managing the products applied to your skin is a great anti-aging precaution.  Do your best to start the day off applying sunscreen before you go out in the morning. Do not go to bed with makeup on, letting it sit on your face longer than needed.

 

  1. Mind Your Cosmetics

There are cosmetic procedures that can help regenerate skin. You can exfoliate your skin from home through the use of facials or microdermabrasion creams applied to the face. These Peel products can serve to help your skin look brighter and refreshed. Of course, makeup is an effective anti-aging tool for hiding wrinkles or age marks after you have tried everything else. Just keep in mind that if your don’t wash it off properly, it can be counter-effective by harming skin.

 

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Undiagnosed Dementia: The Risk of Not Knowing

 

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We so often wait until there’s a problem before we take action on something serious. We tell ourselves that no news is good news. It’s scary to go in for a check up, because, what if something really is wrong? We don’t need that kind of stress. We ignore warning signs or rationalize them away. We don’t want things to change.

Unfortunately, for many seniors in America, the risk of not knowing can be too great. Living with undiagnosed dementia can lead to a number of potentially dangerous scenarios and unsafe behavior that can be easily prevented and taken precaution against.

Research shows that Undiagnosed adults with Alzheimer’s were more than two times as likely to undertake actions that put themselves in danger than seniors who had been formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Age 65 is a good year to begin regular check ups (perhaps yearly) to be safe, not just to be reassured about undiagnosed Alzheimer’s but a good number of other conditions that become increasingly common in elders.

Examples of “unsafe behavior” may include (but are not limited to):

-Forgetting to take other medicines, or forgetting you have already taken them.

-Neglecting duties to manage important finances.

-Accidents while driving due to unawareness of surroundings.

 

These problems often occur because a senior is not aware that they have the problem at all. And that allows these kinds of issues to happen at their worst. Seniors who have been diagnosed with dementia often implement precautions into their daily routines meant to help reminding them they need to stay on task, take certain medications, and avoid potentially threatening or dangerous scenarios. Or at least have help (hired or otherwise) around to care for and cover for them.

If you are an adult child of a senior who is showing signs of dementia or extreme changes in behavior, it may be time to have a talk with them. They may or may not be aware of these changes themselves, or they may be afraid to take the sometimes inconvenient next step in going through with the lifestyle alterations that handling dementia and Alzheimer’s will require.

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Idea: Revive Old Holiday Traditions in Memory of Mom

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Sometimes good smells around the holidays bring back memories, or songs on the radio, or old shows on TV. Suddenly, you might find yourself catapulted into some cozy point in your childhood that made for special memories.

You might recall a tasty treat that your mother always used to make, or a cute holiday special your family would gather round the sofa to watch every year. There might be some kind of craft your household made a group project of to decorate your home in a unique way. As family dynamics change over the years, many traditions fall by the wayside, and new ones often take their place. But sometimes, it might be fun to revive something fun and nostalgic this year.

Even if your dear mother has passed away, or lives too far away to visit this holiday season, then reviving an old family tradition from your own childhood might be a great thing to do in her honor. You can introduce the grandkids to things you used to love and made your childhood memorable. The best traditions are ones that everyone can be a part of. Get out Mom’s old recipe book and let the young’uns have a blast making a happy mess garnishing grandma’s famous Christmas cookies with bright colored frosting. The best tasting holiday treats are made with love, and so are the best memories.

Apart from your own beloved traditions you remember growing up, ask your spouse what he or she can remember from their own childhood. You both might collaborate to come up with an amazing holiday tradition that works for your own family. My dad had a tradition of putting elves on the shelves back in his childhood, and my mom’s family always popped real authentic popcorn the old fashioned way over the fireplace. These traditions were brought into our household when I was a child. While other traditions from their young days were scrapped.

Who knows what I’ll decide to keep for my own family when the time comes to start a family. But I’ve got a great wealth of traditions to choose from, and I’m sure you do too.

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How To Find Alzheimer’s Support Groups

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Support is out there. You might be amazed for find how many people in your community share the same struggle with Alzheimer’s and dementia and seek an outlet to offer and receive support from others. Across the country, countless seniors find these support groups helpful in numerous ways. They provide emotional comfort, social interaction, and even medical tips from those who have been in the fight for a longer time than you.
Professionals recommend support groups to every senior facing the effects of this unsettling condition.

What Are Alzheimer’s Support Groups?

Depending on how the one in your community has been organized, they may occur weekly, monthly, or bimonthly. They are open to anyone to join and are almost always free of charge to attend. Typical length of a meeting is two hours, where anywhere between six and twenty people will share there experience, story, and advice to anyone who will listen.

Who will you find at Alzheimer’s Support Groups?

Usually, support groups are led by authorities on dementia illnesses, such as medical doctors, highly experienced caregivers, or social workers with therapeutic training. The people who attend are often elderly affected by the disease in early stages trying to learn how to cope or how to prepare. Adult children may attend to educate themselves on their senior loved one’s condition. Additionally, caretakers often join to get tips for how best to assist the seniors with Alzheimer’s that they serve on a daily basis.

 

What Happens At Alzheimer’s Support Group Meetings?

Sometimes the format of the support group will vary. It may be a formal event with a talk being given by a renown doctor or other professional to impart wisdom and share the message of hope. Other times, it can be a therapeutic group session where attendees can share their experience and get to know the others relationally.

While the Internet is always a great place to get answers to questions, many people find support group to be a great place to get answers to the questions you can’t find online. Things that only people who know where you’re coming from can answer with genuine empathy and inspiring hope. Caregivers can use it as an outlet for the stress that the job might be causing them, getting encouragement and guidance from others in their shoes.

 

Where to Find An Alzheimer’s Support Group

Support groups are typically organized by the Alzheimer’s Association, and held at churches, chapels, hospitals and other local venues. Apart from their website, you may ask your family doctor whether any effective support groups have been organized in the area that you may be referred to.

 

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How To Move Elderly Parents Into Your Home Smoothly

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Many adult children would want to do this for their elderly parent, but not all of them can. We will go over a checklist of factors to consider when deciding whether this is a mutually beneficial move for the both of you.

 

What Kind of Care Does Your Senior Loved One Need?

Senior care is a very nuanced industry. There is no “one size fits all” approach to elder care. Various conditions call for unique skill sets for monitoring, administering medication, or performing physical therapy or memory exercises. For all your good intentions, it may be a real possibility that your household is simply not qualified or equipped to meet a senior’s extensive needs. So, it is important to consult with a doctor together and determine just exactly what those specific daily living needs will be and whether you are fit to help.

 

How Much Daily Assistance / Monitoring Can You Provide At Home?

More and more households in the US are dual income, and it is harder for many parents to provide the attention needed for their own children, let alone the serious health monitoring of a senior loved with dementia or other critical conditions. There are daycares for kids while parents are at work, and there are also adult daycares for seniors in many communities, but you will need to sort out whether you or your spouse truly have the time to offer the monitoring you elder loved one needs throughout the day and night.

 

Will You Both Get Along Well?

Maybe you aging mother or father could benefit from your help, but do you have a good relationship? Not every family is all rosy. Many have difficult issues they are still dealing with internally or bitter unresolved conflicts. You must never feel “guilted” into having to take in a senior loved one out of sheer obligation if your heart is not in it and you cannot emotionally invest in them.

If you do not feel called to make the commitment, then resentment and bitterness can quickly grow, leading to a nasty environment for all. Senior care is very much a team effort, and if you are not emotionally willing to work as a team to reach each other’s goals, then there is no harm in considering a senior care facility, for the emotional and psychological well-being of everyone.

 

How Senior-Friendly Is Your Home? Do You Need to Make Adjustments?

You may want to help out your elder parent in need, but is your home conducive to the care that he or she will require? Some living spaces are bad for dementia patients or seniors who could be seriously harmed by a fall. Slippery floors, unlocked doors, cluttered furniture. These can all impair the daily tasks that a senior may need for home care.   There are measures you can take to safety-proof your home (install railing, clear the clutter, set up door alarms, lay down bathroom mats, etc). So just be sure to sincerely evaluate your home before starting a home care routine with a senior loved one.

 

Can Your Senior Loved One Chip In To Cover Any Costs?

An advantage to your aging mother or father for moving in with you may be that your housing may be less expensive than a senior living facility—but you do not have to feel obligated to house them for free. Some seniors hesitate to move into an expensive assisted living community because they fear that yearly costs may quickly drain the inheritance they wish to leave their children. So, arrangements of payment for lodging in your home are often favorable to seniors.

As a family, you both can work out the best monthly/ quarterly / yearly finance arrangement to agree upon for moving in senior parents. Caregivers will quickly find that monitoring and assisting senior loved ones with daily living is a “real job,” and it is completely fair to discuss payment for the time and energy that goes into the work and providing the living space.

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Handling Senior Dementia Behavior

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It can be challenging when attitudes and behaviors start to change in this person you have known so well and loved for so long. Sometimes it can be like they are a totally different person, and this can require a great deal of patience. Maybe more than you know that you possess. Dementia is a dynamic disease, the condition will constantly develop. There is a spectrum of behaviors associated with dementia, and it is best to understand and adapt to the specific behaviors of your loved one and use the best approach.

Memory care facilities and assisted living communities are always an option, but many seniors would like to live with their loved one for as long as it is still possible before having to make that decision. At first, any changes in behavior may seem frightening and confusing, but we will provide several key tips for dealing with a senior loved one’s dementia behavior at home.

These tips are meant to help you retain as much of the lifestyle and partnership the two of you have been used to for many years.

 

You don’t have to necessarily do it alone either. Keep in mind that care can be a team effort, not simply babysitting. It is always best if you can solve a problem together. As the brain becomes more and more compromised, this will not always work. There may come a point where almost all of a loved one’s decision making will be up to you, and perhaps to the point of making the tough decision for memory care facilities as the next step.

 

Identify causes / triggers of worsening behavior

-It is true that little is known about what exactly causes Alzheimer’s disease in seniors in itself. However, at certain stages of dementia there may be specific situations, circumstances, or even objects that serve as triggers to cause bad dementia episodes that may lead to hysteria.

-Sometimes the behavior of a senior with dementia is more embarrassing or disruptive rather than harmful. It is wise to avoid correcting or reprimanding a senior with dementia when a circumstance is not critical to avoid the risk of escalating the situation or creating more confusion. Often times a senior with dementia may not even have realized the mistake they’ve made and may be incapable of appreciating how to correct it.

 

Do Any Patterns Indicate Behavioral Problems? 

  • If and when an episode occurs, once it has been resolved it may be good to evaluate what happened and try to look for what factors were involved in the problem. They may be obvious, like turning off the television leading to protest. They may also be subtler, like the time of day, weather conditions, or amount of darkness in the room for instance.
  • Try to be aware of the household environment conditions at all times. Change can be uncomfortable for dementia patients, and you may not realize the impact that a strange new smell or noisy new stimuli can induce on the ease of a senior with dementia’s mind.

 

Be As Understanding As Possible

  • Do as much as you can to validate the feelings of your senior loved one with dementia. They may no longer be in the position to make their own daily living decisions, and it may not be wise to correct or argue with them. However, a senior with dementia is still very much an emotional being, sometimes doubly so. It is important at this point to do all you can to demonstrate your empathy and show them that you are treating them with dignity, respect, and love.
  • You will be creating a new routine with them, and whether they remember you or even appreciate you as much as they should, you must do all you can to present positive, reassuring stimuli into their world.
  • Your body language and tone of voice will often communicate more information to a senior with dementia than anything you actually say. You must do as much as you can to be mindful of this even in the midst of the most stressful confrontations or inevitable dementia episodes. By being understanding and emotionally supportive, you are equipping yourself for an easier job overall.
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Why Do Senior Care Costs Rise?

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The need for senior care, assisted living, skilled nursing is not always anticipated and can be thrust upon a family quite suddenly. Budgeting can be very challenging, especially since the costs of senior care typically trend steadily upward over time.

 

To help you and loved ones prepare for and anticipate the factors of rising senior care costs and plan accordingly, we will list the five main reasons why more money is often needed to cover senior care as time passes.

 

  1. More Assistance and Monitoring is Needed

Seniors often prefer to retain as much independence as possible for as long as they can. When a senior’s need for assistance is fairly minimal, he or she may opt to reside in an independent living community. Independent communities are where seniors may still enjoy the freedom of maintain their own schedules, cooking for themselves, and keeping track of their own medical needs with just a small amount of monitoring or checking in from the staff.

However, when a senior’s health condition worsens, the option for independent living becomes diminishes and more assistance with daily tasks such as dressing, getting out of bed, dining, toileting, and administering of medication may be required by nurses. Increased need for assistance may lead to increase cost.

  1. Health or Mobility Declines

As health conditions worsen or become more complicated, new medicines may be added to the daily regiment. And unfortunately add to the cost of senior care as well. Fortunately, many assisted living facilities provide price scales based on the health condition and specified amount of care that is needed. When a senior abruptly transitions into a category of care that is more extensive, then the price for remaining in that same facility can increase. For instance, incontinence assistance may be part of a more extensive care price point than the one a senior is used to when incontinence assistance becomes a new need.

  1. Extensive Memory Care May Arise

Memory care needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be very extensive. Sometimes seniors with memory impairment may require round-the-clock monitoring to ensure their personal safety. At first a memory issue may not be bad, but the condition may worsen over time, and consequentially the amount of paid hours a nurse needs to watch out for a senior loved one. A senior may have to move to a specialized memory care facility, which, depending on the location may be a cost increase for the budget as well.

  1. Average Price of Senior Care is Rising Each Year

Economic factors like the cost of living and inflation may drive the rates up for a senior living community when it performs its year-end cost evaluation. A recent study has shown that the price of senior care has steadily risen every year for the last several years. In the last decade the cost of assisted living has risen almost 5%. However, the price of in-home care has reportedly stayed mostly unchanged. For seniors meticulously budgeting their care plan, it may be wise to consider whether or not senior in-home care is appropriate for their personal needs.

  1. New Medical Needs Emerge

Accidents and emergencies happen. In addition to the possibility of an existing condition worsening, there is always the chance of the unexpected occurring. A sudden fall or new diagnosis may develop, and it is always a smart idea whenever possible to have some funds planned into the budget for unexpected needs that may emerge and increase the cost of senior care.

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Fall Decoration Ideas for Seniors

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The radio stations and the shopping centers like to jump the gun preparing for Christmas as soon as summer comes to a close. The lovely fall season can sometimes go overlooked or rushed through. But the joys and beauty of autumn are not to be skipped! With a solid two months until Santa arrives and Hanukah candles are lit, there still are two wonderful holidays yet to come. Here we provide some fall decoration ideas for seniors.

 

Where to find Autumn Trinkets?

Whether seniors have an entire house to decorate, or simply want their assisted living facility rooms to look spirited, there are perfect places where seniors can decorate for fall. For seniors who want to decorate the yards of their homes to welcome their young trick or treating grand children, Hobby Lobby always provides excellent decorations for both the home interiors and exteriors for Halloween. From yard jack-o-lanterns, door reefs of colorful autumn leaves, to ghostly door signs; Hobby Lobby has something for everyone.

For seniors with limited decorating space, there are still plenty of ways to fill a room with autumn cheer. Cracker Barrel always has a whole store-full of various adorable knick-knacks and little fall trinkets that fit perfectly on a bedside table, a desk, or a kitchen counter to make the living space cozy and festive! Additionally, Cracker Barrel always provides a catalog of seasonal holiday movies on DVD to watch at home, or with the grandchildren.

 

Great Halloween Decorations for Seniors

The nearest approaching holiday is Halloween, where children, and even college students, are busy finding costumes for the festivities. And while seniors may be somewhat above the appropriate age for trick or treating, there are still ways to show the holiday spirit for all things spooky this year. If a senior wants to join in with the kids for dress up fun, an easy costume is to raid the old closet for a piece of clothing that is not quite in style any longer as pass it off for a cool costume!

Taking the grandchildren on a trip to the local pumpkin patch can be a great bonding experience, watching their eyes light up as you work together to pick the best oversized holiday squash! For some seniors, carving a jack-o-lantern is too messy a task for them. Other seniors may find operating a large sharp knife is too dangerous for those with arthritis. Have no fear; seniors can still enjoy pumpkin fun with the family, since kids can just as well draw on the surface of a pumpkin with acrylic paint! Paint products for Halloween pumpkin decorating can be found at

This year, some seniors may find it harder to put up cumbersome decorations than it used to be. Seniors concerned about stepping up a tall ladder to put lights up may seek help or supervision from family or neighbors. Halloween lights are easy to find at Wal-Mart and other superstores.

 

Great Thanksgiving Decorations for Seniors

For various reasons, not everyone celebrates Halloween. But the fall still provides one of the most exciting holiday occasions for seniors to reunite with their extended families. Hobby Lobby and Wall-Mart are great places to pick up porch and yard décor such as adorable scarecrow men dressed in patchy clothes.

Thanksgiving is also famous as a season for big football games. This can be a great opportunity for grandpa to pick up decorations to flaunt his school colors from his college days with pride. Perhaps the grandson has carried on the tradition and roots for the same team! Or there may be a playful family rivalry in front of the television screen. Either way, there are plenty of ways for seniors to decorate and get festive for the fall season!

 

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Risks of Elderly Bruising

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The body becomes more frail for various reasons as it ages into later years of life. This makes bruising more recurrent in many elders, as the body is less resilient to bumps, scrapes, or falls. Bruises can often be ugly or embarrassing to have to deal with, so we provide some tips on how to prevent, treat, and deal with the risks of elderly bruising.

 

Preventing Senior Bruises

Bruises, and most senior injuries in general, are often due to falls. A way to prevent elderly bruising is to do your best to prevent falls at home. This can be done in many ways, including installing shower matts in the bathrooms, ensuring stair rails are secure, making sure furniture doesn’t obstruct walking paths, and using a cane or senior walker for transportation.

Treating Senior Bruises

Typically, advanced medical assistance is not needed to treat elderly bruising. As time passes, any blood leaked from a bruise will be absorbed back into the body eventually. Unfortunately, this natural process can take a considerably longer amount of time in seniors. Serious bruises can sometimes stay with an elder for weeks. The best thing that a senior can do to speed up the healing process, is to apply a sort of frozen compress to the affected bruised area as soon as possible. Do not apply ice directly to the skin however. This cold compress can slow the amount of blood draining into skin tissue, and prevent the bruise from becoming noticeably large. Hold cold compresses on the bruise for several minutes at a time, then apply a warm compress to restore the circulation and bring down the pressure in the affected bruised area.

Senior Bruising as a Side Effect of Medication

Bruising may be a symptom of certain medical conditions. Diseases like Leukemia or other blood diseases can be factors in increasing senior bruising. Also, conditions that affect the liver can result in higher likelihood of bruising, since the liver is responsible in part for handling blood clots. Medications may sometimes contribute to senior bruising susceptibility as well. Anti-coagulation medicines, like Coumadin®, serve to fight blood clots and prevent heart attacks and strokes, but may also have a side effect of rising the possibility of elder bruising. Several non-prescription medicines have been known for this side effect also, including ibuprofen, aspirin, and some antidepressants. If the possibility of bruising is concerning, than be sure to consult your doctor before taking any new medications.

Senior Bruising from Elder Abuse

The National Center for Elder Abuse defines the act of ‘elder abuse’ to be: “any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver (or any other person) that causes harm or serious risk of harm to an elder adult.” If you notice an elder loved one bearing bruises frequently, or bruises that appear to be the result of rough handling, then it may be a good idea to investigate the living environment of your senior loved one, or to have a personal talk with them to find out if abuse is occurring. Abuse can be an embarrassing or traumatic thing to discuss, so make your best effort to make a senior feel comfortable, safe, and loved when discussing. Sometimes an elder feels that they don’t want to burden or concern you by mentioning such problems; so please make an effort to convey that they should not feel reluctant to share anything important.

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Tips for Babysitting 21st Century Grandkids

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As a grandparent, it can be expected that sometimes your grown children may ask you to watch over the grandkids while they have an evening (or even take a vacation) together with a spouse. If you are willing or able to babysit your young grandchildren, you may find that chaperoning today’s youth has changed since you were raising your own children. This generation of young people is one of gadgets, social media, and television. Depending on your age, you may be less familiar with how best to connect with children today. In this article we’ll provide some tips for babysitting 21st century grandkids.

 

Technology May Already Be Babysitting Them

You may find how tame the pastimes of today’s youth are to be a blessing and a curse. When grandparents are fairly along in years, they may not have the energy to bounce and run around with the energy of small playing children. So, a passive activity like television or computer usage may be more the pace of a grandparent and easier to manage. However, media consumption may also be impersonal, as you find yourself being tuned out by preoccupied grandchildren who won’t look away from any of the glowing screens in their lives. You may even wonder why you are needed at all since the technology seems to be doing the babysitting for you.

This can be an opportunity for you to slow down the pace if you find it necessary. If it looks like the young’uns are addicted a little too much to the televisions, it can be your chance to teach them your favorite card game, board game, or share some stories that you think they would like to hear. Maybe you’ll receive a little resistance to retracting a child’s TV time at first, but simply assert yourself as the babysitting authority, and let it be known that this means a lot to you and you should not have too much trouble redirecting the course of events.

 

How Much TV Is Ok?

Rules and opinions about television watching will vary by household. Talk to the parents about the allowed amount of TV time and when the grandkids typically can watch TV. That is not to say that you as the grandmother or grandfather are bound to let an evening with you play out like any other night, but you can at least ask to get a feel for the usual television usage of your grandkids.

Watching some of their favorite programs can be a nice way to bond and come into their world. But TV is not the only way to bond, if the silliness or violence of what’s on the tube doesn’t suite you, then you can leave them to it, or simply pull the plug and suggest another activity together. You can also use the television as a way to ration out rewards for completing chores or doing what is expected. If the grandchildren are naughty, that may be a reason to revoke some television privileges. Managing the media use (phone, television, computer, etc) can be a method for you to assert your authority when disciplinary measures are needed if the young kids get rowdy.

 

While technology certainly plays a large role in the 21st century youth, at the end of the day, it is up to you as the babysitting grandparent to be in charge of how and when the media is used. These babysitting visits may be the only time you have to bond with your grandchildren for extended periods of time and get to know them more personally, so it is up to you arrange the events of time spent together at your own pace.

 

 

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