There are many reasons I can see for this having happened. There are many young families where grandparents are in there 30's and so still have their own jobs as well as raising children and keeping house. In the UK people have had to move out of their home town for work or have not returned to it after university so just don't live near family anymore, and also there are those that are just sadly not interested.
As you can see above that is not the case for all grandparents, even great grandparents! There are some very lucky children who grow up with the benefit of Nanny and Grandad or Granny and Grandad in their lives.
This lady didnt see her grandchildren so often either. She had recently sent her grandaughter a present and asked if I thought it was suitable - a swim nappy. This brought us on to the conversation of parenting styles. I explained we used cloth nappies and showed her some of Elsie's. She thought it was lovely and even decided to send her daughter a cloth nappy for her grand daughter. So some mum out there will soon be receiving a cloth nappy through the post - hope you like it!
I feel there is a strong breed of 'old fashioned parents' nowadays, Anyway we got talking about how she never sees her grandchildren and my little ones never see theirs and the idea was sprung.
Now its not my original idea. I do remember seeing something perhaps on tv about a scheme another mum had set up where she took children into a Nursing Home or Care home for the children to play with the residents. Now this gave both children and elderly people the opportunity to mix, chat and play with each other on a regular occasion. These children have in effect adopted grandparents. I think it was lovely, and perhaps something I or we can look at starting in our local area.
I really enjoyed talking to this lady in the coffee shop, she is was interesting, funny and had some great ideas on parenting. She would make a lovely grandparent - for any child.