Hiring Grandma

The pros and cons of having your mom as baby's caregiver.

Getting a Helping Hand

When Vonronica Kolidakis became pregnant, one worry overshadowed all her others: Would she be able to find reasonably priced, high-quality childcare for her baby? Kolidakis, who lives in Rockville, Maryland, couldn't afford to quit her job. She also couldn't afford to pay the $300 weekly fee for childcare centers in her area.

Kolidakis's worries ended when her mother, Joyce Chew, volunteered to retire early so that she could look after her grandchild. "When she offered, a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders," says Kolidakis, whose son, Arhyk, is now 14 months old.

Of course, this option isn't for everybody. Read on to see what to consider before asking one of your parents to care for your baby, and to see what mothers and grandmothers have to say about making the arrangement work.

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