It used to be the norm. Multi-generational families were common, and still are in other countries, especially in Europe. In America we got away from that dynamic and our culture shifted into rugged independence rather than being inter-connected. We accepted teenage rebellion as a norm rather than the disease it truly became, a harbinger of separation and distrust.
Along the way we lost something, something really valuable. Grandparents pass down family history and mores. They reinforce parental values. Blending fosters emotional health and purpose for the grandparents, while it creates a cocoon of support for the littles. My own life was enriched by a grandmother who taught me to knit, by in-laws who taught me frugality, by a mother who taught me perseverance. Parents scurrying off to work and then trying to keep a household running in the evening can’t squeeze it all in between supper and bedtime. Turn to grandparents to fill that missing link.
Owning a business is a great way to keep the fabric intact. Many grandparents babysit, but I suggest turning part of that time into a purposeful, multi-generational endeavor. Littles can help, developing a work ethic as they enjoy time together. Seniors on fixed incomes benefit from all the perks of a side hustle. Of course, I sell Posh–but choose something that fuels your passion. Turn a hobby into income, or join a direct sales network with all the support built into it. The wide world beckons you. Beckon a little to be part of your venture! Everyone wins. (If you wish to join me, go to http://www.madaboutposh.com and click on JOIN. I will contact you asap!)